Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

The TARDIS travels to Kenyon March 19, 2013

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The TARDIS is labeled as a Police Public Call Box. A note on the front reads: Advice and Assistance obtainable immediately. Officers and cars respond to all calls. Pull to open.

The TARDIS is labeled as a Police Public Call Box. A note on the front reads: Advice and Assistance obtainable immediately. Officers and cars respond to all calls. Pull to open. This shot was taken while driving westbound on Highway 60.

TRAVELING EASTBOUND into Kenyon along Minnesota Highway 60, I spot what appears to be a portable blue toilet seemingly randomly planted in a front yard near an American flag clipped to a pole.

Why would anyone place a porta potty in this visible location and in the snow near a flag?

Turns out I am not viewing an outdoor loo at all, but rather a TARDIS. Exactly. What’s a TARDIS, you ask?

My 19-year-old passenger son explains that a TARDIS is the featured mode of transportation on the BBC sci-fi television show, “Doctor Who.” The TARDIS, according to the series website, will take the doctor anywhere, anytime.

But to Kenyon, Minnesota?

With no time to stop and inquire about the Time and Relative Dimension in Space capsule, I can only wonder who placed this here and why?

LET’S HEAR your thoughts, readers. The more creative, the better. I’ll even accept the truth on the TARDIS placement. I am pretty much clueless as to the TARDIS and “Doctor Who.”

Another view. I don't know which house the TARDIS belongs to, the gray one or the white one.

Another view of the TARDIS.

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45 Responses to “The TARDIS travels to Kenyon”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    Interesting placement!!! I am not a Dr. Who fan but I did recognize this object. I will be interested to hear the rest of the story ……

  2. Erin Says:

    I have to admit that I have never heard of a TARDIS or Doctor Who. I’m also interested to learn more.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      If I’d had time and had been wearing boots, I would have tromped through the snow for a closer look at the TARDIS. It may have been locked, though.

  3. treadlemusic Says:

    Over the years, I have avoided “Dr. Who”…….not really my ‘thing’ so will be curious for the reasoning/answer, also!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      My TV viewing is limited to whatever reception we get via our rooftop antenna. Therefore I am unfamiliar with a lot of shows. Sci-fi has never interested me.

      • treadlemusic Says:

        PBS has a lot of British/mystery shows on and DH finds it extremely difficult to cut through a British accent, to say nothing of the “humor” not at all being his ‘thing’. SciFi isn’t on his radar, either, although I do enjoy a good mystery! Anyhow, that’s why we have not even ventured any exploration of such programming.

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        My son is very much into sci-fi and fantasy. He at least told me what that blue box was and then promptly told me to “google” Doctor Who and TARDIS.

  4. I should share this with my daughter, a Dr. Who fan who would recognize this right away. I learned what a tardis was last year from her and her boyfriend and my daughter-in-law – all Dr. Who fans. Maybe the person who put it in their yard wants to offer anyone who needs it a way out! Or a way in…..there are possibilities here.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I am on my way over to Kenyon right now, to escape winter. Ha.

      Yes, show this to your daughter. I’d love to hear her ideas.

  5. Amy Says:

    My son is a big Dr. Who fan and has a fleece jacket with the Tardis on it. He gets comments in public every time he wears it.

  6. Amy Says:

    Yes, he would! I’ll ask him.

  7. I have never watched Dr. Who, but I’m familiar with the show to a small degree. I love that the TARDIS (which my small degree of familiary did NOT include!) showed up in MN…even better, in a small town! I love stuff like that – it connects our huge world, making it smaller and more livable!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      This is exactly what I thought, too, Gretchen. We are all more connected than we realize. I wonder what the Kenyonites think of the TARDIS. Small-town residents can be quite opinionated. I can almost hear the chatter at the local cafe.

  8. Clyde of Mankato Says:

    Everything about Dr. Who intrigue mes, such as the changing actor/actress to play Dr. Who. Everything that is but watching it. It should work for me, but doesn’t. Love watching some things on BB, especially “Last of the Summer Wine.”
    I do love the whimsy of the person who put that up.

  9. Jackie Says:

    I’m clueless but intrigued, I really want to know what this is all about, I’ll have to ask Gavin (youngest son) and hear his thoughts 🙂

  10. I never understood the appeal of Doctor Who, I’m afraid. But the blue makes a nice pop of color in a winter landscape.

  11. Kristin Says:

    I wonder if, like the “real” Tardis, it is bigger on the inside than it appears or if it’s just a big blue box. Your lack of time to explore allows the imagination to fill it.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Good to hear from you, Kristin. Clearly you know way more about the TARDIS than me.

      • Kristin Says:

        I’m just a bit of a geek; I fell in love with Dr. Who a few years ago. (It’s strangely addictive.)

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        My son is a computer engineering student and most definitely a geek. I’m not surprised he likes the show and could tell me about it. He reads a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, genres I never read.

  12. jeryhorn Says:

    I see you found my T.A.R.D.I.S.
    I am from England originally and grew up on Doctor Who, so I am a big fan.
    I built this for last year’s Halloween, and had planned to take it down, but was told by many how great it was and to leave it up, so there it stays (for now). It has been quite the hit here in Kenyon, it even made the front page of the local paper http://www.southernminn.com/the_kenyon_leader/arts_and_entertainment/article_0168409b-8d2d-5271-b34e-0e2ed0eb2457.html
    People have traveled from all over Minnesota and Iowa to see it, and it’s fun to Google ” TARDIS in Kenyon MN ” to see where it may pop up next.
    It looks even better at night, I have a solar powered LED spotlight inside which lights up all the windows, and the lantern on the roof is also solar powered. To answer the question about the door, yes it is locked… but I do have the key.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      So great to hear from you. After I published the post, I found the story in the Kenyon paper.

      What a fun project for you, especially getting all that attention and interest.

      Should I happen to be in Kenyon with time to spare, I will stop by and ask you to unlock your TARDIS. Thanks for stopping by with this additional info.

      • jeryhorn Says:

        We have many people knock on the door to ask questions, so feel free, but I stopped sleeping in the TARDIS a long time ago, so don’t know that door 😉

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        I’ll consider that an invitation.

  13. Dawn mosser Says:

    Can you give the address where it is located, I would love to have my son take his picture by it, he is a huge fan, he went to London recently with a school trip and the tar dis was too far, he was disappointed. I would love to surprise him and go on a road trip to see it.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Dawn, the TARDIS is located at 102 Gunderson Boulevard (Minnesota Highway 60) on the west residential edge of Kenyon. If you check the other comments on this post, you will see one from the guy who built it.

  14. Dawn mosser Says:

    Can we take a picture by it if we stop?

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Absolutely. If you can reach the owner, he will even unlock the TARDIS for you. I have no idea when he’s around.

  15. Dawn mosser Says:

    Thanks so much! I cannot wait to stop by. I love your blog. Discovering new places to visit.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Thank you, Dawn. I love hearing this from readers like you, that I am showing you new places to check out.

  16. Martha Says:

    I would love to have a TARDIS in my yard. Or living room.

  17. Dawn mosser Says:

    Hi Audrey
    I was wondering if you knew if the tardis was still standing? We have not made it out there yet, but we do intend to this summer. 🙂
    Love your blog and beautiful pics.

  18. Dawn mosser Says:

    Thanks! Have you ever went through Elysian? There is a cute alpaca farm, that looked like it would be good pics. I love the look of the alpacas, they are such cute funny animals. Again, love your blog.

  19. Dawn mosser Says:

    No, but that looks super neat. We may have to go see that.
    This is right on hwy 60. It might be just a personal farm. I believe it is right before you hit town. It is just really cute.

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