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See Inside the Precious Moments Chapel in Virtual Reality

Visit the Precious Moments Chapel on Google Street View The Precious Moments Chapel, fondly dubbed “America’s Sistine Chapel” by many, was created by Sam Butcher, the artist, and creator of the Precious Moments religious giftware company. The entire complex features artworks that depict stories from the Bible.

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Woohoo! I’m the new Featured Photographer on Sphere!

The Sphere for iOS and Android Great news today in my in-box from Jamison Ross, the content curator at Sphere, the premiere 360° panorama photography app for mobile devices. In the email, Ross announced: “We’re celebrating the folks who contribute the most beautiful and engaging content on Sphere and we’ve chosen you to be one […]

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Nightmare Rock in 360° Panorama

Four miles west of Lone Pine, California, nestled in the Alabama Hills along the portal road to Mount Whitney, sits Nightmare Rock. The Alabama Hills are a popular filming location for television and movie productions, especially Westerns set in an archetypical “rugged” environment. Since the early 1920s, scores of movies and television shows have been […]

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Scotty’s Classic Cars – Arma, Kansas

For 12 years Scotty’s Classic Cars Museum in Arma, Kansas, educated and entertained visitors about the automobile history and its impact on society through the maintenance of exhibitions, publications, collections, records and a library. Sadly the museum was shuttered in 2011 having sold most of the contents to the Central Texas Museum of Automotive History in […]

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Rose O’Neill’s Bonniebrook Homestead in 360° Panorama

Rose O’Neill and Kewpie dolls The Ozarks were my destination while traveling along Route 66 in these past few blog posts. Specifically, what I wanted to see was Bonniebrook, the home of Rose O’Neill (1874-1944) an American illustrator, author, artist, poet, sculptor, inventor, suffragette, and creator of the world famous Kewpies. Due to some heavy […]

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The Giant Praying Hands of Webb City, Missouri in 360° Panorama

I was still cruising along Route 66 the day I shot this pano on my way to check out the Hornet Spooklight when I came upon the Giant Praying Hands in Webb City, Missouri. Weighing in at about a 100-tons, these hands were cast in concrete by Jack Dawson, who at the time was a […]

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Bowling Ball Yard Art – Nowata, OK

It’s nearly sunset on Lollipop Row, a section of Chris Barbee’s Bowling Ball Yard art in Nowata, Oklahoma. Chris, a widower, welcomed us warmly and gave us a tour of all his creations including the Bowling Ball Fence, the Bowling Ball American Flag, the Bowling Ball Rosary, the Bowling Ball Pink Ribbon (commemorated to his […]

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Coffeyville, Kansas: Where the Dalton Gang Took a Dirt Nap

The Dalton Gang dead in Coffeyville Ks It was in Coffeyville, Kansas where the Dalton Gang was gunned down by the well-armed citizens of the town and shot ’em dead on October 5, 1892, after the outlaws were attempting to rob not one but two local banks.  The town has since erected a self-guided walking […]

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Winganon Cement Mixer Space Capsule in 360° Panorama

On the roadside near East 300 Road and South 4130 Road just off of Highway 169 in Rogers County, Oklahoma, lays what appears to be an old NASA space capsule. The Facebook page of the Winganon Space Capsule elucidates: “The mixer wrecked when the Winganon bridge was being built in 1959. The cement hardened and […]

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“Spirit Tree” Joplin’s Tornado Landmark in 360° Panorama

A year ago a deadly EF-5 tornado ripped through the city of Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 people and damaging or destroying about 7,500 homes and 500 other buildings. Despite it all, the city is well into a significant recovery mode but there is still work to be done. Along the tornado’s path at the intersection […]

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