ORO GRANDE – More than just bottles but a small area filled with historical remnants throughout is how Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch can be described. Located in the sparsely populated community of Oro Grande this community treasure has visitors from all over the United States and abroad. Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is located on National Trails Highway between Turner Road and Citation Street between Victorville and Helendale.
Free to the public, visitors are welcome to offer a donation in their “Tips” mailbox near the entrance. The area is small but the history and art in the space is nothing less than mind-boggling. Elmer Long, the creator/owner of the ranch collected every bottle displayed with his late father during his childhood. Left with hundreds of collected bottles Elmer wanted to save them but did not know how until he came up with an idea that developed into his Bottle Tree Ranch.
Visitors can walk around and explore the numerous treasures or sit down on the park bench in the shaded tree-covered area to take in the beauty listening to the sounds of wind chimes and birds chirping. With bottles of every color and shape you can imagine, hummingbird feeders, wind chimes, and antiques there is something for everyone to admire. In the area, there are close to 200 bottle trees as well as many antiques. Antiques include an outhouse, a couple of vehicles, a typewriter, phones, street signs, and so much more— a real historian’s dream.
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