Lowest Public Restroom in North America

On August 26, 2008 · 0 Comments - won't you be the first?

While researching my recent entry that described the highest and lowest elevations in the continental United States, which are only about 80 miles apart, I came across this interesting image:



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Yes, here in the Badwater Basin in Death Valley, at the point of lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere, 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level, sits a restroom. What a strange and unlikely spot!

Usually I try to keep Twelve Mile Circle a little more highbrow but I’m not beyond pandering occasionally for some humor. After all, by far the most popular entry I’ve ever posted on this blog included a satellite image of the family outhouse. It was actually a somewhat serious discussion about the use of GPS technology for genealogy, but it got picked up by a popular blog because of the outhouse as far as I can tell.

This time, no such case. I was just amused to see a building rising above miles and miles of flat, white landscape, and drilled-in closer to find out more. Once identified, I wanted to know if I’d discovered something new. After all, this is a rather significant find: no other public restroom, or any other building for that matter, can be found at a lower elevation anywhere else throughout an entire continent.

I learned that not only has this remarkable fact been discovered and noted, there’s even a photograph and a review of the restroom interior. The name of the website? — I swear I’m not making this up — Restroom Ratings. It’s bills itself as "a special spot on the web for public restroom reviews from around the world." Some people review movies, other review restaurants, this one reviews restrooms. Now, that’s got to be a niche readership.

On August 26, 2008 · 0 Comments - won't you be the first?

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