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Cambria in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Nitt Witt Ridge

 
 
Nitt Witt Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Kindig, November 28, 2002
1. Nitt Witt Ridge Marker
Inscription.  Nitt Witt Ridge, one of California's remarkable Twentieth Century Folk Art Environments, is the creation of Arthur Harold Beal (Der Tinkerpaw or Capt. Nitt Witt), a Cambria Pines pioneer who sculpted the land using hand tools and indigenous materials, remarkable inventiveness, and self-taught skills. A blend of native materials and contemporary elements, impressive in its sheer mass and meticulous placement, it is a revealing memorial to art's unique cosmic humor and zest for life.
 
Erected 1986 by The State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments and the Art Beal Foundation, Non-Profit and Educational Corporations. (Marker Number 939.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEnvironment. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 35° 34.066′ N, 121° 5.848′ W. Marker is in Cambria, California, in San Luis Obispo County.
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Marker is on Hillcrest Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 881 Hillcrest Drive, Cambria CA 93428, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Lens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cambria Veterans' Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Preserving a Bit of History (approx. one mile away); The Town of Harmony (approx. 5.9 miles away); Sebastian Store (approx. 7.4 miles away); Hearst Ranch (approx. 7½ miles away); Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument (approx. 7.6 miles away); Point Piedras Blancas, A Recent Colony (approx. 11.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambria.
 
Nitt Witt Ridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Kindig, November 28, 2002
2. Nitt Witt Ridge
Marker can be seen behind the gate at the top of the stairs.
Nitt Witt Ridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael Kindig, November 28, 2002
3. Nitt Witt Ridge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Elk Grove, California. This page has been viewed 841 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Elk Grove, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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