Southern California’s high desert is known for its amazing landscapes, hot weather and history of eccentric residents. One of its lesser-known eccentrics was a retired pilot named George Van Tassel who claimed to have been abducted by aliens who gave him a technique for reversing the aging process. After his alleged encounter, Van Tassel began to build a structure he called “The Integratron” which he said would act as “an electrostatic generator that would supply a broad range of frequencies to recharge the cell structure.” Basically his intention was for the Integratron to create a huge amount of electricity, and that electricity would act as a fountain of youth of sorts, as well as a time machine and anti-gravity devise.
The all-white domed structure was built entirely of wood without the use of a single screw or nail. Situated in a location that some might refer to as the middle of nowhere, it actually resembles the traditional notion of what a flying saucer might look like, but once inside it feels more like a church. The main chamber, with its towering 30ft arched beams is impressive and has been described as an “acoustically perfect sound chamber” which draws musicians and recording artists all year long.
Unfortunately, Mr. Van Tassel died in 1978 “under mysterious circumstances” without ever fulfilling his dream of having The Integratron create the massive amount of energy he believed would reverse the aging process. Thankfully, his spirit lives on through this amazing piece of unconventional architecture that draws visitors from all over the globe.
Today the Integratron is run by a small group of dedicated caretakers, who offer tours to the public, host events & retreats, and conducts “sound baths” with the aid of crystal singing bowls. If you find yourself in the high desert looking for transcendence, rejuvenation, or simply an interesting experience make sure you visit The Integratron as you will surely find at least one of the them.