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This house is located in Lee Vining, California. I discovered it in April this year while in the area camping.
The house may be upside down, but the door isn’t.
The sign in front of the house reads,
“Upside Down House
Created by Nellie Bly O’Bryan (1893-1984)
A remarkable resident of the Mono Basin, Nellie Bly O’Bryan built this famous tourist attraction in 1956. It was inspired by a children’s tale, “Upside Down Land” ( a story), which Nellie recalled after seeing a tipped-over miner’s cabin. It was originally located along Hwy 395 south of the Mono Inn. After her death, the house fell into disrepair until it was moved here in 2000.
Years before coming to Mono County in 1939, Nellie became Hollywood’s first female projectionist and appeared in several of Charlie Chaplin’s silent films.
The information on the right of the photo of Nellie reads, “Nellie as the masseuse in “A woman of Paris 1923“.
Souvenir cards and more information about Nellie Bly O’Bryan are inside the museum.“
She sounds like a very interesting woman doesn’t she?! The museum was closed at the time I was there. I don’t know if the door to the house is ever open, but I’ll check when there again.
This post is part of Dan Antion’s Thursday Doors Click on the link and be taken to his blog where you’ll see all the entrees for this week’s Thursday Doors.
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