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“Roadside Americana at its best!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rock in the House

Rock in the House
Type: Other
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Stillwater, MN
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Roadside Americana at its best!”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

If you find yourself traveling the Great River Road between Minnesota and Wisconsin, you owe it to yourself to stop at Rock in the House, in Fountain City, WI. It is at once creepy (in an X-Files/Criminal Minds kind of way), unsettling (not one, but TWO massive boulders plowed down the hillside and landed on this same site! What are the odds! And could it happen again?! While you're in the house??!!) and downright fascinating, to read the story of how this natural disaster happened (twice!), what happened to the family, and the quirky pop culture role it has taken on (TV crews from around the world have filmed the site).

I had to laugh at one person's (seemingly snarky—maybe it wasn't) comment, "okay, so this is American ingenuity...rock smashes into house, don't remove, charge people to come see it and they come." First of all, it's two freaking dollars, by honor system—you stuff two bucks into the jagged hand-cut hole of a rusty old toolbox nailed to the side porch. If you really don't want to part with your hard-earned dollars, you could go right on in without paying, as there's no one supervising the self-guided tour (though karma may get you, in the form of another rock tumbling down the hillside while stealing your freebie tour . . . it's happened before. Did I mention twice?).

Hollywood couldn't create better ambiance: old clock radio playing in the kitchen when we entered the house (though no one else was present), musty, moldy smell permeated the home, one door in the powder-blue bathroom had a hand-lettered sign taped to it, "Don't Open!" (I have worst-case-scenarioitis and couldn't bring myself to open it, tempted as I was). . . lots of yellowed newspaper clippings adorn the walls, telling of the two disasters (a woman was killed with the first boulder incident), the various TV crews that have visited, lots of photos of the astounding path the boulder gouged into the landscape before landing smack-dab in the middle of the master bedroom, just moments after the owner stepped out, into the kitchen, the next room over (she miraculously survived, and no one else was injured/killed in the 1995 incident).

Would I go out of my way to see Rock in the House? Probably not. But if you're in the area, definitely tour it!

Visited August 2013
2 Thank redheadgirlie
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English first
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A natural disaster repeats”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Looking at a huge rock in a bedroom may not be really exciting, but when you realize that the housewife had just taken a picture of their newly remodeled bedroom, stepped into the kitchen and "BOOM" the 6 ton boulder rolled into the room she had just left.
Decades earlier, the same thing happened on this property, but the house was in a different location. That time, the residents were in bed and the rock carried them both to the basement, killing the wife.
Unique and worth at least a look.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank LookinAllOver
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Wooster, Ohio
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141 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Unique attraction off the beaten path”
Reviewed 17 July 2013

Unique attraction off the beaten path, this 55 ton rock hit a house on it's roll down the hillside. You can tour the house for a small fee. It's interesting what havoc nature can cause.

Visited May 2013
Thank Julie H
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La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
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44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2012

Ok...so this is American ingenuity....rock smashes into home...don't remove....charge other people to come see it..... and they come.

Visited May 2012
Thank SKW0
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Nelson, Wisconsin
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55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2012

A typical small town attraction thats in the same folds as the biggest ball of string or bailing twine or largest bottle of ketchup, etc......

Thank backwaterboy
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