Mini Cities (page 1)

This is an archived section. It is no longer linked to the Home Page of my website. Too many sections, too many topics pulling me in different directions. So, I will leave this section be and not remove the pages because I hope folks that land here and are interested in "Mini Cities" will find it useful. But I will no longer be actively updating or adding things to this section.

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Roadside America
Shartlesville, PA

Old view of the fašade

Family members looking after
the displays
One of the more modern sections,
depicting Fairfield
Dusk at Roadside America

Roadside America was billed as the "Worlds Greatest Indoor Miniature Village" with over 8,000 square feet of displays. There were more than 300 miniature buildings in a fully landscaped setting with running water, interactive trains and trolleys, and 4,000 little people.

Laurence Gieringer began building these miniature buildings in the 1920s. As the collection grew, they were displayed at various places. Roadside America opened here in 1941. In 2020, the business closed and the owners prepared to put the entire collection up for sale at auction. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Bird's Eye View Museum
Wakarusa, IN
The Bird's Eye View Museum contains over 165 model buildings which were created by DeVon Rose. He created the museum in his basement from the early 1960s until the late 1990s. The models which represent actual buildings in Elkhart County. They are made from trash and other found materials. The museum's contents were recently donated to the Wakarusa Historical Society which is raising funds to build a new home to display them. For more, see this website.

Tiny World
Shippensburg, PA
Tiny World is the creation of Ernest Helm. He began building the miniature buildings when he retired in the late 1980s. There are about 20 buildings. They are decorated on the inside and lit on the outside during the Christmas season. For more, see this website.

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