New York Times
In his native St. Louis he built a children’s paradise of tree houses, caves, slides and odd treasures he found and called it City Museum. It became a leading tourist attraction.
In an industrial area here known for truckyards, not art, a sculptor and entrepreneur named Bob Cassilly stands on a 100-foot-tall hill, created from some of the 182,000 truckloads of dirt that have been unloaded and applied to the skeleton of a former cement factory.
Bob Cassilly doesn't want you to learn anything at his museum. "I'm not into education," he said while welding a "beanstalk" out of twisted, rusted metal tubes. "I'm into experience."
When Bob Cassilly made a bid to buy the International Shoe Company building in 1993, he half hoped he would be turned down. "It was just so big and intimidating," he said of the 10-story, 670,000-square-foot building. "I made this ridiculously low offer. But it was accepted."