Friday Fun: Atlas Obscura

Here’s some Friday fun, if you’re in need of some fun or armchair travel right about now. Atlas Obscura is a web site that claims to be “the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places.” Anyone can create an account and submit curious places not already captured in the atlas. At the bottom you can click to see “Random,” “Recently Added,” or “Most Popular” entries. You can subscribe to have the newsletter sent to your email.

cover of book Atlas ObscuraOr, get the book based on the site, Atlas obscura: An explorer’s guide to the world’s hidden wonders. Andersen Library does not have a copy, but UWW students and staff may request it from other UW campus libraries by using the free UW Request service. Requested items arrive at Andersen Library in 2-5 weekdays. A review of the book appears in Booklist (2016:Sept.15, vol. 113:no.2, p.18) and Google Books offers a searchable preview, which allowed me to learn that Wisconsin has some sites in the book, such as House on the Rock and Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron (a sculpture in Dr. Evermor’s Park in Sumpter, WI).


About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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