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Temple of Tolerance

203 South Wood Street, Wapakoneta, Ohio 45895 USA

“history coming alive!”

Jim Bowsher loves local history. He loves having it come alive for people, and not just being some stuffy thing in a book. That's part of why he built what he calls the Temple of Tolerance in his backyard. Well, actually, in three backyards that he purchased to make room for the giant glacial rocks that stand at the heart of it.   Jim's also an amateur archaelogist with a penchant for finding so-called banded rocks indigenous to this part of northern Ohio - the result of volcanic actiivity a long, long time ago. He tracks down these enormous boulders, then moves them into place in the yard with levers, no power tools, and in doing so has created a stately, majestic backyard environment quite unlike any other we've seen.  In and around the rocks, he's added pieces from old buildings and farmsteads around Wapakoneta. When people roam around and over the Temple of Tolerance, the energies from those structures inspire dialogue and memories. And that's how history should be taught, he believes. Jim says airplane pilots have come to his door because they couldn't believe what they saw flying over it. And oh yes, there's bluegrass music here on warm Thursday nights. You're invited.

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Reviewed by
steven

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
September 17, 2013

This place was such a surprise. From the road, it looks like just another home in the neighborhood, but when you go back, you'll see all kinds of contemporary artifacts that you can interact with. It's a very calm atmosphere and a great place to stop, stretch, and relax on a long road trip.

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Reviewed by
pattimark

  • 17 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 22, 2016
Rated 5.0

Very cool place, lots of cool little areas lead from one to another. Make sure to get all the way back to the large area with the temple in it- climb up and look around, it is a very unique and beautiful place!

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Temple of Tolerance

203 South Wood Street
Wapakoneta, Ohio
45895 USA

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