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“Bottle tree ranch is a Route 66 icon!”

Elmer Long's Bottle Tree Ranch
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

Even though it isn't an old Route 66 spot, it's definitely worth the stop! Elmer is happy to meet you and chat. He loves life and is immensely proud of his art. Come armed with a camera!

2  Thank Grant R
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Very eccentric place, we met elmer, who is an extremely interesting person to chat to, even if his art is a bit "out there". I found some aspects of it a bit eerie, i.e. bones lying around... but its worth a visit if its on your way to somewhere, definitely pop in.

3  Thank sheila j
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

This was an insane place but is definitely worth a stop. There is more than just bottles to this attraction and it is free as well! There is everything here from disused missiles to art made from vintage handguns and even an old jeep, your camera will be put through its paces, trust me on that! Easy to park outside at side of road and I could have wandered around here for hours. Do it, you will not be disappointed!

3  Thank Voodoochilled1
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

My fiance and I were driving from Vegas to L.A. in February 2011 and I wanted to see some sights along the way. Found this unique attraction online and loved it. It is Mr. Long's residence, so you need to respect that as you gaze upon his metal and glass creations. If he is home, he is happy to share his story with you. Such a nice man and some really cool "treasures" that he has collected over the years. Well worth the stop.

1  Thank Eimac C
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Imagine hundreds of poles with zillions of old bottles, all wildly decorated with cash registers, record turntables, animal skulls and everything else imaginable on top! Elmer does his own thing, always has and always will. His wife hangs out in the house and seems to life her own life ... together.
He says he's been at it for 13 years, collecting and buying bottles, steel and assorted old things, as did his father before him. Everywhere you look, there's more: Rifles from WW1 and WW2, old iron stoves, hub caps and wagon wheels.

After chatting with him a bit and touring around with him, Elmer brought us in his home and continued his stories, with more bottles and old stuff, and many more plans.

Elmer's a true desert rat. He doesn't actively ask, but he does have a little donation box outside so each of us tossed in a couple of dollars. Visiting the Bottle Ranch is a MUST DO.

Advice: When you drive by on Route 66, it looks just like an oddly decorated private home, but there IS a welcome sign (hard to see among the thousands of other items displayed, but he really DOES welcome people to come in and look around! Don't be shy, as we have been in the past! Bring your Camera!!!!!

1  Thank ExplorerMundi
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