Zach

Zach

Posted on 01/25/2014


Photo taken on November 22, 2011


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Welcome To Rosamond...

Welcome To Rosamond...
...where you're welcomed to the Gateway To Progress and an abandoned Quonset hut (which makes sense since The Gateway To Progress refers to nearby Edwards Air Force Base).

As an aside: the Quonset hut originated in 1941 (based on a British World War I design) and was first manufactured at Quonset Point at the Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center (located within North Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA). Rosamond, on the other hand, originated somewhat earlier (around 1866).

In 1966 Rosamond set aside a time capsule embedded in a mine tunnel (and sealed with 10 feet of concrete). Inside are a 1967 Yamaha motorcycle, Willie Mays autograph (on a baseball), a model of an XB-70 bomber, a bird cage, a female mannequin, issues of the Antelope Valley Press, coins, stamps and Glen Settle's (the mine owner's husband) favorite fishing shirt. Mr. Settle admitted that the contents were actually yard sale items they wanted to get rid of. The 6 foot high, 4 foot wide and 300 foot long tunnel has many more used household items (such as bedsprings, refrigerators and paper drinking cups) and is rated as Guinness's "largest time capsule in the world" (making me wonder if they've ever seen the land fill in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park). It's due to be opened on Rosamond's 1000th birthday in 2866 (which is a shame because if there's one thing you need in the desert it's a paper drinking cup).

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Meadowmom
Meadowmom
Love the irony of the photo and of your commentary. That's just the mood I'm in this morning.
4 years ago.
Zach
Zach
Thanks. They'd recently replaced the sign. I would have liked to have had the opportunity to photograph the old sign (which may still be visible on Google Maps).
4 years ago.