This amazing roadside attraction in Ashford has become a family affair

You can stop by the Recycled Spirits of Iron Park on your way to Mount Rainier National Park. # k5evening

Ashford, Wash. – Jay Bechtold’s yard is called Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park and it’s a tribute to vivid imagination.

“Everything has a purpose and you shouldn’t get rid of everything,” says Bechtold. “Everything is recyclable.”

Giant creatures and odd-looking characters, even helicopters, all share the same base.

“I like it,” Bechtold said. “I mean I live the dream.”

It was a dream come true decades ago when Bechtold’s father-in-law Dan Klennert began welding one-ton sculptures for his 4-acre park.

“I just had a dream of a place where people could come see and appreciate what I made out of trash,” Klennert told us in 1999. When he retired, Klennert wanted to pass the throne. homes, parks and businesses for others. sculptor he admired, his son-in-law.

“One day, Dan called me and said, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about retirement. This will be all yours. You need to take over,” Bechtold said. “Well, I’m excited because this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Bechtold shows us his dream field, a junkyard full of objects behind the house.

“I guess this is where all the magic begins,” he said. “We’ve had a gentleman donate tons of horseshoes and we still have giant horseshoes.”

He showed us a fish made almost entirely of horseshoes. There is also a horse made of dozens and dozens of horseshoes.

Like his father-in-law, Bechtold is a self-taught artist who loves to spark his imagination. Some visitors wondered if he lit more than the electrode.

Bechtold laughed. “They were like, ‘You’ve got to do a lot to do this kind of thing,’ and we were like, ‘There’s no building like our drugs.’ We’re very excited as we build it.”

They built it and people came.

“What I like is that you get to meet new people every day,” says Bechtold. “I get to meet people from Asia, Africa, Australia and the UK.

Now with son Dalton, Bechtold hopes a new generation can carry on this family tradition.

“He always said, ‘Hey Dad, will you teach me how to solder?’ And hopefully, he’ll want to take over too, you know?”

At Recycled Spirits of Iron Sculpture Park, there’s always room for more imagination.

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