Temple of Tolerance
Temple of Tolerance
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John J
Waukesha, WI74 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Jim Bowsher, creator of the Temple of Tolerance; called it artwork. I'll tolerate his definition, but most of it had me asking, "what does that represent"? Geologists and farmers may appreciate the piles pf rocks. The yard is overgrown with vegetation. Be watchful as you gingerly walk along the labyrinth of paths. I came across a homeless person sleeping on a bench surrounded by scrubs. At first, I thought I was looking at a dummy, As I slowly approached, he moved. I did quick 180 and got out of there. The 3 women I was with did not like the place and kept saying let's leave.
Written July 24, 2023
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tlr1984
Columbus, OH25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Super cool, maybe a little creepy, place. You do feel weird just walking into someone's backyard, even though you know it's okay. So many little things to notice. I've been looking at other people's photos and see things we didn't see. I thought we'd be the only ones there, but there was a family in the temple area when we got there and another family wandered in after they had left. Wouldn't mind going back for another look sometime. But if you go in midsummer after there's been a lot of rain - bring bug repellent, we felt like we were being eaten alive!
Written August 17, 2022
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Caren G
Alma, MI8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
It felt like we were in an eye spy book! Hidden gems every place you turn.

Helpful hint: make sure you have a full battery for your phone/camera.

Mine died half way through...i was so sad.
Written September 15, 2020
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,886 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is the backyard of a guy's house, so you will have to park on the street. It felt a little strange just walking behind someone's house, but honestly it was a surreal experience. I definitely appreciate the effort he put into the layout and structures. It is certainly a peaceful site I could visit and spend hours at if I had the opportunity.
Written June 7, 2022
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GigemAggie
Collegeville PA382 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
Some coworkers and I were in town for the week and finished up early, so we thought we would check out some of the highlights of Wapakoneta. It was suggested to us to check this place out. We pulled onto the street in this residential neighborhood and it was pretty obvious which house you were looking for! It didn't look like anyone was home. I managed to find a phone number for the house and only got an answering machine. We then knocked on the door, and no answer. At this point, we weren't sure if we should simply start walking thru this guy's backyard, but we decided to go ahead and do it anyway. The gate to the backyard was open and off we went. Hey, it's billed as a rock garden so there were lots of rocks, along with foliage. Upon entry, we also saw his cat resting peacefully in a rocking chair. We started walking through the yard admiring all the different rocks and rock formations and was simply amazed by what we were seeing. Throughout the place were areas where you could just sit and relax, which my pregnant coworker did a few times! We kept thinking we would reach the end of the backyard, but nope, it just kept going and going and going (just like the Energizer bunny I suppose)! I couldn't believe the amount of rocks that had to be back there. You'll even find the door from the jail cell of members of John Dillinger's gang. Once you do finally reach the back part of the yard, it's like an open field with this big beautiful rock hill that you can climb to the top of. Simply stunning. I do wish the owner was there as I had a bunch of questions for him like "How many rocks are there?", "How does he get them all back there?", "How long has he been doing this?", and "Is he still continuing to expand it?". If you are in the area, stop by and spend 30 minutes or so walking thru his backyard. You'll be amazed!!
Written August 1, 2013
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Pinkiu
Fort Wayne, IN239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
I live an hour from Wapakoneta. I found a story about the complex while browsing the internet. It feels a little creepy at first because you park in front of Browsher's house, go up his driveway, open a gate and just walk in!

But once you're in, you know you are in the right place. I love that it's free. I love that children can run up and over the mounds. I love all the nooks and crannies and surprises that come by slowing down and just paying attention to the details. It's a huge, complex rock/boulder garden filled with artistically placed rocks/boulders/steps/and who knows what.

There are two distinctly different areas. The first is the wooded area with gazebo-like areas to sit and think or to sit and read. Lots of smaller sculptures are located here along with gates and cast ironwork. The second is what I call the temple mound area. It's a massive structure that feels like it was discovered by archeologists and is now open to the public. There are many areas around the mound that have their distinct flavor and purpose. There are places to sit, to swing, to have a small bonfire, etc.

If you're traveling down 75 and see signs for Wapakoneta, take the 5 minute drive off the freeway for an hour or so and visit. It is worth the time.
Written May 26, 2014
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trillian d
Florida110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Family
If you are in Wapak you have to see this monolithic wonder. It is surreal. In good weather on Thursday night there is a free blue grass concert that is open session. You never know who you will see. A wonderful place in so many ways!
Written May 28, 2014
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NMStoryteller
Ohio158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
The Garden is privately owned but shared with the world. It is full huge stones and pieces saved from old buildings. You will marvel at the vision and effort one human can put into something they love. I have gone there to meditate, pray and visit with friends and family. We take all of our out-of-town guests there and they simply can't believe it. This is a gem. If you like the idea of traveling to Stonehedge this is your kind of place. Thank you for sharing this amazing place with all who wish to come.
Written July 27, 2013
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RexFoga
Dayton, OH149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
It looks like an ordinary house from the street, and it pretty much is an ordinary house. It's a normal street so park where you can, and walk through the gate. Keep walking. And seeing. The place is a complete feat for the eyes, with formations and stickers and postcards and graves and bird baths and jail doors and so many different things it's practically dizzying. It's the size of a large backyard, but with so many displays, it's hard to accurately gauge the size of the place. The temple itself, one large formation, is impressive and solemn. You do feel at peace here, and forget your troubles. Free admission, although donations are requested.
Written July 29, 2015
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lunchlandqueen
Fort Lauderdale, FL184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
This is the most interesting use of someone's backyard I have ever seen! We met the owner, Jim , on our way in. He was enthusiastic and welcoming! The guy loves ROCKS! Rocks are everywhere and it is actually very interesting walking the property and envisioning how he has got these rocks in his back yard over the 18 year time span. It's like a secret garden! Lots of paths, vines, gates. Keep walking back farther and the whole place opens up. Climb to the top. I don't quite get it but I'm glad I saw it. Really quirky!
Written September 3, 2016
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