Whether you were a young child or just bored out of your mind one day, you’ve probably attempted to build something fascinating at some point in your life. Well these folks decided to take simple ideas above beyond and then some! Here are the 5 weirdest things People Have Built in their Backyards!
Warning: Attempting to mimic these remarkable masterpieces may result in the loss of 10-15 years of your life, your spouse, and your mental-state of being. Use extreme caution..
Home-made Roller Coaster
John Ivers of Indiana was once your average theme-park goer who enjoyed an exciting ride on the latest roller coasters. In 2001, John became fed up of waiting in long lines just for a ride that only lasted a few minutes. With no experience building roller coasters, John decided to turn this into a DIY project!
Appropriately name the “Blue Flash,” John used his welding experiences and scrap metals to build this amazing contraption. Using a slightly-modified car seat, John went through a series of trial and error tests to complete this awesome feat. Why travel to a theme park? John allows other people to ride his roller coaster for free! Talk about a deal!
Gerard Brion began building a scale replica of Paris when he was 14 years old. Luckily, he was able to complete his creation before he turned 30. At the age of 29 and after 15 long years, he was able to finish The Miniature Paris complete with streets, cars, rivers, bridges, and even electrical wiring that lights up the city!
How did he do it? Gerard worked in a shed by himself using old concrete blocks, baby food jars, soup tins, and thousands of hot wheels. His hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed. The Miniature Paris built in his backyard in Vaissac, South France attracts 15,000 visitors a year.
A BMX Park
When Gordy Toth’s dad moved them from Canada to the California Mojave desert, he promised his son one thing; he could build anything he wanted in the backyard. Gordy took full-advantage of this agreement and quickly grabbed his friends and began digging ramps and jumps.
After 6 years, Gordy and crew were able to construct a course where the hills and turns would create enough momentum that riders wouldn’t have to pedal or break! After reaching the end of his project, the town’s zoning department fined him $100,000! Not having the faintest of hearts, Gordy decided to fight the case and bring it to court. In the end, they dropped all charges and Toth was able to bike happily ever after minus the 13 surgeries that he has had to fix all of his broken bones! Ride on!
5-Story Medieval Castle
Typically you won’t see a medieval castle in Kansas except if you pay a visit to Don Kracht’s backyard. You see, Don had a brilliant idea one sunny day. He thought to himself, “I’ll build a garden in my backyard.” Well you know how the saying goes, one thing lead to another. After discovering that his soil was too wet for a garden, he figured out that he could build a lake. Great idea right? Wrong.
Don’s lake seemed to be empty so he built a waterfall to flow into it. Well his imagination bloomed when he realized that no waterfall is complete without a 5-story castle equipped with a moat and 3 draw-bridges! In case you’re wondering, Don is not a master landscaper. He’s a math teacher. He even added his mathematical finesse to his artistic creation by including math equations on the walkway!
A Western Town
Former Dentist Jimmy Helm’s wife wanted him to refurbish the old sheds in their backyard. Typical request for any woman to ask of her husband right? Well she should have known better than to ask Jimmy to do something because it never turns out how you expect! Jimmy converted their yard into an Old Town of the Wild Wild West!
Jimmy spent 14 years building “New Dubina,” a Western-style town named after a nearby town that was burnt down in a fire. New Dubina has all the characteristics of a small town including a general store, saloon, schoolhouse, and a small church.
With 22 buildings filled with artifacts from the Old West that he collected from all over Texas, Jimmy’s backyard caught the attention of a TV show. The show decided that filming a couple of episodes of a Western Scene in Jimmy’s backyard would cost less than using a historic location. Jimmy was even able to play the Sheriff in the show! Welcome to Jimmy Town everybody!
About this Post
Cheryl Khan is an interior designer and freelancer who is absolutely terrified of roller coasters! She prefers spinning around and around on the tea-cup ride!