Nederland, Colorado: Frozen Dead Guy Shed

"Grandpa" Bredo Morstoel died in 1989, was frozen, and has been stored on this private property since 1994. Perhaps best to visit during "Frozen Dead Guy Days" in March. Ice turkey bowling, parade of hearses.
Barker Reservoir, Nederland, CO
The TuffShed Cryogenic Mausoleum is southeast of town in the winding roads above the Barker Reservoir, next to the ruins of the Cryogenic Institute. Most people in town can direct you to it.
Festival in early March. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Frozen Dead Guy in Tuff Shed

We recently drove through Nederland in a quest to see "grandpa's tuff shed" and discovered that the cryogenic site is not particularly accessible to the public.

The road leading to the site is blocked by a chain fence with a "No Trespassing" sign. We were informed by some townspeople that the caretaker of the site is not too fond of visitors dropping by. The best time to visit is during "Frozen Dead Guy Days," which is held every March.

[amy, 08/22/2008]

Apparently he isn't treated like a religious relic or tourist attraction, so the yearly festival may be your best bet to quaff Frozen Dead Guy vibes.

"Frozen Dead Guy Days" festival kicks off in Nederland

The cryogenic event of the year, "Frozen Dead Guy Days," started an event-filled day on March 9 in Nederland, Colorado. The new festival is themed around Grandpa Bredo, preserved at -109F degrees corpse, once a subject of controversy but now celebrated with civic pride by the community.... [03/09/2002] Complete News Story

Grandpa Bredo - On Ice

The body of Grandpa Bredo has been kept frozen in a Nederland storage shed, aided by regular dry ice deliveries. Bredo Morstoel died in 1989, and has been in various conditions of "cryonic suspension" ever since.

Bredo's grandson Trygve put Bredo in the snappy aluminum shed in 1994, and apparently wasn't aware of the American taboo around storing deceased relatives with yard tools. Trygve was deported by the US government for other reasons -- then the town discovered Grandpa and passed a local zoning law against corpsicle storage. Turns out Bredo has been "grandfathered," and allowed to remain until a cure is found for being dead.

"Grandpa's in the TUFF-Shed," a film documentary, occasionally turns up at film festivals.

[Roger Crook, 05/06/2001]

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Carousel of HappinessCarousel of Happiness, Nederland, CO - < 1 mi.
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Mork & Mindy's House, Boulder, CO - 13 mi.

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