Current Large-Scale Projects

Devil's Half Acre

Devil's Half Acre

A website and animation resulting from a long-term historical and environmental research project exploring a unique phenomenon in American toponymy.

A 200-year old pub in moss-covered rural eastern Pennsylvania with a backyard full of canal workers’ corpses; a field of mysterious small hissing gas geysers in Acadia, Maine; a former Baptist Punishment Yard in Virginia replete with whipping posts; a small corner of Salem, Massachusetts; a patch of Idaho littered with unusually pointy rocks; Ft. Worth, Texas’ infamous tenderloin district, haunted by Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and Butch Cassidy — more than fifteen unusual places in the United States are - or once were - named “Devil’s Half Acre.”

DEVIL’s HALF ACRE offers a haunting, humorous, disturbing and moving cartography of an American colloquial institution. (in progress – an 8-year research project.)