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Drop City

Peter Rabbit. Drop City. New York: Olympia Press, 1971.

An experiment in creating housing for less than $1,000, Drop City became a pilgrimage site for thousands of tourists, particularly after Life ran a story on it. Pictured here are an unenclosed structure and a partially finished one.

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Drop City, so named for Droppers, a group of friends who amused themselves by “throwing cans of garbage and water and balloons out the windows” in Kansas City, grew on a remote patch of southeastern Colorado beginning in May, 1965. Its credo states:

pixel.gif We are trying to be instruments of the cosmic forces working within the order of nature. We believe that earth, air, fire, and water belong to everyone and can’t be bought or sold, or owned. We are total revolutionaries; we are free men living equally with free creatures in a free universe.

The story of Drop City will never end. It’s the story of man on the road to be free.

Inspired and encouraged by Buckminster Fuller, the Droppers build geodesic domes from trashed automobile hoods and roofs.