Cosmos Mystery Area in Rapid City, South Dakota is a phenomenon of a place where gravity and the laws of nature go out the window. Watch water flow and balls roll up a ledge. Switch places with a friend and magically grow. Walk dizzily through a house not knowing up from down. Stand sideways on a wall. See it all on a tour of this South Dakota roadside attraction.
According to legend the Black Hills Cosmos was discovered in 1952 by two boys in search of a place to camp. When they hit this mystical area they could immediately feel like something was off. They stuck around to explore, fixed the place up, and opened the attraction to the public. Today you can still visit Cosmos Mystery Area and experience the weirdness for yourself.
Is Cosmos Mystery Area really a mystical vortex fueled by the paranormal? Or are visitors merely tricked? One might say that all the a combination of forced perspectives, distorted backgrounds, slanted walls, purposeful angles, invisible horizon lines, altered furniture, and other illusions are responsible for the mystery. But they also might say that it really is a magical place where everything you think you know is challenged.
You’ll have to see it for yourself and make up your own mind.
Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!
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