In what once was a lead mine now operates an attraction called Cave on the Mound. Basically a cave exposed by a dynamite blast. The cave is beautiful and the tours are run by the same family that once mined lead from the region. Here are some images that I took along the tour.
I especially liked the "total darkness" part of the tour where the tour guide ( a bartender from Black Earth, WI ) turns out all the artificial lights to let you see the darkness. Truly total darkness!
Next I visited The Forevertron.
The Forevertron is the life work of Dr. Evermore. Promoted as the largest scrap metal sculpture in the world, it is a crazily complex pastiche of recognizable parts and things that only Dr. Evermore would be able to trace back to the original use. Dr. Evermore's family is in the industrial demolition business so he has his pick of the most monstrous parts of contraptions that some of us only dream of tinkering with.
Like some steam punk's fever dream this sculpture sprawls throughout the area with highly organized parts in piles waiting to be added. Several components of the sculpture have purpose- such as the giant dragon which is a musical instrument and the heart of the Forevertron itself which is like an observatory for the ascension of Dr. Evermore into outer space once he passes from this mortal shell.
My research has hinted that Dr. Evermore was also one of the artisans involved in creating the House on the Rock displays and exhibits.( see former post on the subject of House on the Rock in Wisconsin).
I intend on posting more about this incredible work and site in the future- this is not my last encounter with Dr. Evermore!