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Lee Vining in Mono County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Upside-Down House

 
 
Upside-Down House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 6, 2008
1. Upside-Down House Marker
Note — the picture is not upside-down, the marker is displayed like this near the door to the Upside-Down House.
Inscription. A distinctive local landmark and nationally renowned tourist attraction. It was the creation of - Nellie Bly O’Bryan (1893–1984), visionary, entrepreneur and long time resident of the Mono Basin.

Originally, located along US-395 north of the Tioga Lodge, it was inspired by two children’s stories—“Upside Down Land” and “The Upsidedownians.” Upon her death in 1984 The Upside-Down House fell into disrepair until....October 9, 2000 when it was rescued and moved to this site.

Although its tenure as Mono County’s first “man-made” tourist attraction was brief (1956–1968), it made a lasting contribution to the promotion and development of the Eastern Sierra.
 
Erected 2001 by E Clampus Vitus, Bodie Chapter No. 64 and the Mono Basin Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 57.527′ N, 119° 7.159′ W. Marker is in Lee Vining, California, in Mono County. Marker can be reached from Mattly Avenue near 1st Street. Touch for map. The Upside-Down house in located on the grounds of the Mono Basin Historical Society Museum at Hess Park. Marker is in this post office area: Lee Vining CA 93541, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Upside - Down House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 6, 2008
2. Upside - Down House and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lee Vining (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mono Lake (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sheriff James P. Dolan (approx. 1.5 miles away); Grave of Adeline Carson Stilts (approx. 4 miles away); Grave of the Unknown Prospector (approx. 5.2 miles away); Navy Beach (approx. 5.7 miles away); Would-Be Miners and Occasional Tourists (approx. 6.1 miles away); The Tioga Pass Road (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lee Vining.
 
More about this marker. The marker, along with everything in and on the house, is attached upside down.
 
Also see . . .  Old School House Museum. Site of the Upside-Down House. (Submitted on August 12, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyEntertainmentMan-Made FeaturesNotable Buildings
 
Inside Upside - Down House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 6, 2008
3. Inside Upside - Down House
Upside-Down House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 6, 2008
4. Upside-Down House
Mono Basin Historical Society Museum image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 6, 2008
5. Mono Basin Historical Society Museum
Site of the Upside Down-House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 17,819 times since then and 241 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week August 31, 2008. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   4. submitted on December 27, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   5. submitted on November 3, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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