Gerlach, Nevada: Pile of Bones, and Last Grass in Nevada (Gone)

A 40-foot-tall pile of cow bones, on wheels, and a grassy (and tiny) town park.
Corner of Hwy 447 (Main St.) and Del Ora Ave.

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The Bone Tree - Pile of Bone

The Bone Tree is a sculpture constructed a number of years ago for the Burning Man festival. It is currently being restored for eventual display by the Burning Man work ranch or somewhere near Gerlach. The story of this installation and of the event itself are explored in Patrick Dougherty's fascinating book, This Is Burning Man.

[Planet Steve, 08/10/2007]
Pile of Bones - Moved

The bones have been moved. They were art for that hippie festival they have in the desert nearby [Burning Man]. There is other neat stuff worth seeing in Gerlach. If you go, you'll find it. There are fewer than 10 streets in town, and only a couple go all the way through. You can see the whole town in under 15 minutes.

[ginger, 03/19/2007]
Cow Bones, Spines, and Skulls

Gerlach, is literally the end of the road, as in the highway ends there, unless you're going into N. California. Only redeeming feature of Gerlach is this bizarre 40-foot sculpture of sun-bleached cow bones, spines, and skulls constructed on a tripod with wheels, located in someone's front yard across the street from the town's "ER clinic", corner of Del Oro and Main St. The city park is interesting... ten square feet of green grass under an old water tower, hence the name "Water Tower Park" and "No Dogs Allowed" for some inexplicable reason. Granted, it is the only green grass within a hundred mile radius of Gerlach, but still.

[Kat, 10/27/1999]

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