#1055 The Mystery Spot


#1055 The Mystery Spot

Site information:

465 Mystery Spot Rd, Santa Cruz

Site is privately owned. Access only during operating hours and a fee is required.


Plaque information:

No plaque.

There is a lengthy sign entitled "A History of the Mystery Spot" at the beginning of the tour, but this is a fictionalized account of the "mystery" meant to enhance the tour, not a history of the attraction itself.

The famous Mystery Spot bumper sticker lists the landmark designation.

OHP description:

This roadside attraction established in 1941 is the first and most significant example of its type in California, a "tilt-box" or "gravity house" roadside attraction that gained popularity in the mid-twentieth century. Established by George Prather, the Mystery Spot became a popular roadside attraction under the stewardship of Prather's son Bruce in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Registered 8/28/2014