Deep in the desert of the Mojave National Preserve near Landers, CA, you'll find something almost other-worldly: the largest rock on the planet. It's over 5,800 square-feet, more than seven stories high.
It's long been a sacred space for Native Americans of the Joshua Tree area although since the 1950s, it's also attracted believers of the UFO variety.
The land that the rock sits on was purchased in 1947 by Frank Critzer, a man who claimed to be in contact with flying saucers and who organized one of the first-ever UFO conventions. He claimed that the rock was of special interest to extraterrestrials and since he didn't want to be too far away from the rock when the ETs came knocking, he built his home right underneath it.
By the 1970s, the land had changed hands again, purchased by New Age author and UFO expert, George Van Tassel. From there, Van Tassel created a church for his very own religion: the Ministry of Universal Wisdom.
From the Lucerne Valley, CA, website: “Van Tassel held UFO conventions at Giant Rock for almost 20 years to raise money for the project that would make Van Tassel a noted man of the region, and was constantly asking supporters for donations. Thousands of believers passed through. In 1959, 11,000 people attended his UFO conventions.”
Van Tassel also claimed that the aliens sent instructions to him for building a time machine that would heal the human race. He started construction on the time machine on the site of the rock. The huge dome, which he called "The Integratron," was never finished but the half-finished ruins remain there today.
From a Cabinet Magazine article: “Like an automatic car wash, the Integratron was an amalgam of architecture and machine. Its purpose was not to transport a fixed body to a different time, as time machines typically do, but to eliminate time’s effect on a body; the machine produced time, rather than suck it away.”
Staying true to its New Age root, today the dome provides "sound baths," a sonic healing, for visitors.