Wapakoneta, Ohio: The Temple of Tolerance
- 203 S. Wood St., Wapakoneta, OH
- I-75 exit 111. Drive west on Bellefontaine St. for around a mile, then turn right onto Wood St. The house will be halfway up the block, on the left.
- Open daily; just walk up Jim's driveway and into his back yard. (Call to verify)
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
An ordinary house on an ordinary street, but its extensive yards have been transformed by its owner into the Temple of Tolerance. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [04/15/2012]
The Temple of Tolerance: If you're visiting the Temple of Tolerance in Wapakoneta, Ohio, and temple master Jim Bowsher is around, ask politely if you can go inside his house. [04/15/2012] Complete Story...
Visitor Tips and News About The Temple of Tolerance
So worth the side trip if you love extreme, creative rock gardens![Caryn Langdon, 04/07/2014]
We visited this creepy looking house in the middle of the day. Mom was forced to come because she was too afraid to sit in the truck alone while Dad and I explored the massive rock garden. It was very intriguing as we walked around, admiring each different "development" and how they were created. There were old headstones and millstones throughout.
A cat followed us around and we came to this massive barrel; I looked inside through the window and it was just storage for other materials. There was a tree statue thing made out of old tree limbs, an old prison door, endless gates and old benches.
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the altar that rises above this mass garden was at some time that of sacrificial devotion, but whatever it was -- it was definitely the coolest free tourist trap of the day! Props to the owner![Lockamy, 04/25/2010]
From the street this appears to be just a house with overgrown shrubs, but there is an alley directly behind the house which leads you to the actual entrance to the Temple of Tolerance. It is set up like a very strange park. It is fascinating to see and I highly recommend going. While my husband and I where there though, there were a couple of shirtless teenage boys who kept following us around, just staring at us. Very weird![Mirullia Morneault, 03/29/2010]