Icebergs, Igloos & Caves (page 2)

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Alpine Inn
Anaheim, CA
The Alpine Inn was built in 1959 as the Alpine Motel. The motel did not have this snow-topped roof at that point. The snow was there by the 1960s. In 1997, it was still known as the Alpine Motel. The similarity between this building and the Clearman's North Woods Inns below make me believe they were built by the same developer. For more, see this website. [map]

Clearman's North Woods Inn
San Gabriel, CA

Clearman's North Woods Inn
Covina, CA

Clearman's North Woods Inn
La Mirada, CA
The first Clearman's North Woods Inn was built in Monrovia, CA in 1958. In 1966, when the 210 Freeway was being built, the restaurant building was moved to the current San Gabriel location. The Covina location opened in 1967. The La Mirada location opened in 1989. There was a location in Long Beach which has been demolished. All of these restaurants feature the snow-covered roofs. There is also Clearman's Galley which features a ship. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [San Gabriel map]; [Covina map]; [La Mirada map]

Polar Island
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Polar Island is part of the Wintergreen Resort & Conference Center. The snow-capped mountain features a 100 foot plunge into a pool. The ice theme is also used for the hotel's indoor pool. [map]

Los Hermanos Produce and Meat Market
Oakland, CA
The Los Hermanos Produce and Meat Market building has a fascinating design. I don't know if the original exposed interior concept was meant to be ice-like or cave-like. Does anyone know more about this building? [map]

More Igloos & Iceberg Buildings:
Igloo City Resort (Cantwell, AK)
Ice Palace (Leadville, CO) [gone]
gas station (Ottawa, KS) [vintage; gone]
Polar Bear Frozen Custard (Wichita, KS) [gone]
Iceberg Gas Station (Albuquerque, NM) [gone]
Eskimo Igloo (Columbus, OH) [vintage, gone]
Matterhorn (Prairie Dell Lake Amusement Park): 1, 2 (Prairie Dell, TX) [vintage; gone]
Adam's Igloo: 1, 2 (Smithers, BC) [map]
Cutty Sark Visitor Centre: 1, 2 (London, England)

Cave House
Tulsa, OK
This Cave House was built in the 1920s as the Cave Garden restaurant. It is now used as a private residence. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Cavern
Rock Island, IL
The Cavern was an underground bar. This entrance led to the stairs. This structure has been there since at least the 1970s. It has been painted green as long as anyone can remember. The bar has been closed for many years. There is a bar next door but the buildings are not connected. [map]

Rock Stop
Orderville, UT
The Rock Stop gift shop building was constructed in the early 1970s for Dinosaurland. The rock-like building was made of fiberglass and plaster over chicken wire. There were about 14 dinosaur statues on display here which were built by Elbert Porter. The statues had previously been displayed near Salt Lake City and later in West Yellowstone, MT. In 1977, the statues were moved to the Utah Field House of Natural History in Vernal, UT. In 1981, this building became home to Joe's Rock Shop. It was later renamed the Rock Stop. For more, see this website. [map]

former Harry's Kurio Kastle
Arnolds Park, IA
Harry's Kurio Kastle gift shop had been here since at least the late 1930s. The original owner, Harry Tenant, was an expert taxidermist and displayed his work inside the store. The building's cave-like appearance is made of stucco. This photo is from 2012. By 2015, the building was housing Jensen Real Estate. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Grandpa's Steakhouse
Cocoa, FL
Grandpa's Steakhouse consists of two converted Pullman train cars from 1947 entering a faux cave. The train cars came from Circus World in Haines City, FL. The restaurant opened in 1980. [map]

Hock Your Rocks [gone]
Cocoa, FL
fake rocks
Panama City Beach, FL
The proximity and style of the Hock Your Rocks pawn shop building leads me to believe that it was probably built by the same person and at the same time as Grandpa's Steakhouse described above. This photo is from 2009. By 2011, the building was vacant. In 2016, the building was demolished. Does anyone know more about this building?

These fake rocks are probably from the 1960s. I believe the structure was used as a bar at one time. This photo is from 2009. It still remained protected behind chain link fencing in 2016. I'm assuming that this structure is protected since it sits on prime real estate, dwarfed by skyscraper hotels. Does anyone know more about it? [map]

Alvin's Island Tropical Department Store
Panama City Beach, FL
Alvin's Island has a chain of stores selling souvenirs, beachwear and other related items. This was their first store. There is another store in Fort Walton. This cave-like building was originally the home of "Jungle Land" which was built in 1966. There are still remnants of this animal attraction, including live alligators, a waterfall, the fake volcano, and "Journey to the Center of the Earth" pathways. Jungle Land closed in the late 1970s. Alvin's took over in 1981 and named the place "Alvin's Magic Mountain Mall". For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Rainforest Car Wash
Lafayette, IN
The Rainforest Car Wash has been here since at least 2004. It features Mayan ruins, swinging monkeys, animatronic elephants, with thunder and animal sound effects. A giant head moves his eyes from right to left and bellows things like "watch out for the gorillas!" followed by an evil laugh. The car wash closed in 2012. It is now known as Pop 'n Wash. Some of the Mayan details, like the giant head, have been removed. For more, see this website. [map]

More Cave Buildings:
Lyons Cave (Lyons, IL) [vintage; gone]
Jesudi's Italian Restaurant (Columbia, SC) [vintage; gone]

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