Rasmus Petersen was a teenager when he immigrated from Denmark to America around 1902 and settled in Central Oregon between Redmond and Bend. He worked the family farm and it wasn’t until the age of 52 that he embarked on a new and somewhat eccentric project: He collected an incredible variety of rocks and shells and with the help of concrete started building miniature houses, churches, palaces and bridges. The amazing thing is how far he took it all! He continued to expand his creative vision until his death in 1952. Since then, the 4-acre site has remained in the family and has become known as a folk-art roadside attraction drawing thousands of visitors. I’m grateful to the friend who told me about this unusual rock garden.
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