Mel Gould’s Buryville

by Kaylah Stroup
Mel Gould's Buryville, Cheyenne, Wyoming

The first stop on our epic road trip, after the World’s Largest Truck Stop, was Mel Gould’s Buryville. We’d been on the road for nineteen hours at this point so it didn’t matter that the rain was pouring down, we were just excited to get out of the car.

When we pulled up I was a little hesitant to get out and poke around though. I could see all the metal sculptures the internet told me about but they were fenced in, in what was very clearly someone’s yard. Within mere minutes of pulling in we were greeted by a friendly face. Mel Gould’s daughter came out and swept us away on a little tour of the cars built by her father. After the short tour, she told us to take our time and feel free to explore as long as we’d like.

This little baked potato also greeted us.

So, what the heck is this place? Mel Gould is an engineer, scientist, and inventor. His property is covered in metal sculptures he’s built and unique cars he’s created and collected. One of these giant sculptures titled ‘Wind Thing’ even generates the electricity for the lights of his underground workshop (which is made from a school bus!!!)

I tried searching for more fun tidbits of information to share but surprisingly Google is kind of lacking when it comes to the search “Mel Gould Buryville.” Spaces has a really nice write up on Mel that is definitely worth reading though.

Despite the fact that we didn’t get a chance to meet Mel during our short visit (His daughter mentioned a broken foot) I feel like he’s just gotta be the coolest guy ever. For him to see these random objects and think to create the things he does is just amazing. Every single thing I read about him just emphasized how much he enjoys showing off his creations even after all this time.

Mel Gould's Buryville, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Mel Gould's Buryville, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Mel Gould's Buryville, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Mel Gould's Buryville, Cheyenne, Wyoming

I loved every second of our visit. Mel Gould’s Buryville is 100% worth stopping at as you cruise down I-80 or even making a little day trip to! I heard if you’re lucky he’ll even invite you in and show you his underground workshop! xoxo

Check out more road trip posts under the ‘travel‘ tag.

If you love collectors + their fun roadside attractions, check out Bottle Tree Ranch, Salvation Mountain, Don Park’s yard of signs, statues & other junk, and Jerry’s Junk.

taken with the Polaroid Originals OneStep 2.

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Linda October 21, 2019 - 10:59 pm

Glad you got to visit. The Gould family are the sweetest folks ever! We got to know them when we lived in Cheyenne. Yes, I’ve been down the elevator into his buried school bus and seen his musical one man band. He also makes tumbleweed earrings, enclosed in epoxy…very unique. I have a couple sets he gave me.

Kaylah Stroup October 22, 2019 - 11:03 pm

So awesome!

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