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Section of wall from Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village

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Cola and Pop Bottles408 of 468"No cafeen"  bottleVintage Mountain Dew
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Posted 6 years ago


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In around 1990, I had the good fortune to visit Grandma Prisbrey's Bottle Village in Simi Valley, California. I was writing a story on it for People, but the article never ran, probably because there was no good news peg; a better writer might have been able to figure out how to create an angle despite that, but I was not a better writer.

Like Simon Rodia's Watts Towers an hour or so away, Bottle Village is a work of folk art/architecture. Tressa Prisbrey scrounged her raw materials at the local dump and just did it. She had no training but she had a vision, which is half the battle.

The object shown above (made out of Dr Pepper bottles and concrete) was from a building that was too far gone to repair. The see what the rest of the village looks like and to learn about how it's doing today, visit these sites:


  1. sarahoff sarahoff, 4 years ago
    It's wonderful that you're still making an effort to tell her story:) Thank you for sharing.

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