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A museum established to preserve historic artifacts relating to the workers and the construction of the Hoover Dam.
The Bradbury Science Museum, located in the town of Los Alamos, is the information center and science museum operated by Los Alamos National Lab, and contains many interesting exhibits and displays, including much related to the nuclear testing program.
This resort city in the Ozarks calls itself "The Live Music Show Capital of the World." This city contains over 30 live performance theaters playing an average of 60 stage shows at any given time. While Branson is traditionally known for its country western music performances it currently features...
A tourist cave with a wedding theme.  Thousands of couples have taken their vows in the natural chapel within this cave.
The Brimstone Historical Society Museum is a local history museum notable primarily because of its exhibit describing the Frasch sulphur mining process. Located in an old train depot, the museum opened in 1976 to commemorate the sulphur industry that was centered here.
Inside the anchorage of the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge is a cavernous complex of eight 50-foot tall spaces. These cathedral-like rooms were walled off and used for storage for many years, until 1983, when an arts organization installed an exhibit there as part of the bridge's centennial....
A suburban subdivision (in the shadow of the massive Baytown Refinery) which was vacated due to flooding problems. Roads and lots for 400 homes were carved out of the bushes on this 450 acre riverfront peninsula in the 1950's. Decades of groundwater pumping for industrial use resulted in the...
Burning Man is an annual carnival of creativity that takes place on the playa of the Black Rock Desert, in northwest Nevada. It typically attracts 60,000 people, and is considered by many to be the biggest and best party in the world. Participants pay a few hundred dollars admission, and spend a...
This 2,000-foot long tunnel, approximately seven feet in diameter, was chiseled through a mountain by William Henry "Burro"  Schmidt with hand tools and explosives. Begun in 1906 as a means of transporting ore from his mine to the processing site, Schmidt devoted the following 32 years of his...
Cabazon has two "larger than life" dinosaurs, next to a truck stop, which were constructed by a man named Claude Bell, over the course of two decades, starting in 1964.  The tyrannosaurus has an observation deck inside its head, affording "a magnificent view out Mr. Rex's teeth."  The...
Cades Cove is the name of a town that used to be located here. In 1934, when the National Park was established, the 600 or so residents were asked to leave. Those that chose to stay, could do so until they died, after which their land and property would become part of the park. They have all since...
This American landmark, composed of ten vintage Cadillacs buried nose-first in a field outside Amarillo, was originally installed in 1974. It was conceived by a group of artists and architects known as Ant Farm (Chip Ward, Hudson Marquez, and Doug Michaels), and it was funded and "seen through" by...
The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture (Cal-Earth), promotes and explores the use of simple, earth material for building construction, such as adobe and ceramics. Based on the principles of the architect Nader Khalili, known for his ceramic buildings which are fired in place by...
A controversial archeological site, which suggests that humans have been in North America as early as 100,000 years ago. Louis Leakey was the project director at Calico until his death in 1972, and it was the only New World site he worked on. One of the basic controversies centers on the...
A ghost town theme park, built out of the fairly extensive remains of an actual old silver mining town dating back to 1881. Walter Knott, founder of the Knott's Berry Farm theme park, restored the ghost town, after taking much of it to Orange County, where he used it to begin his theme park there (...
This medium security desert prison began receiving its first batch of prisoners in 2013, and is a stunning sight, either by day when its monolithic forms stand out on the desert pavement like ancient Egyptian architecture, or by night when floodlights bathe the gleaming facility in an orange glow...
This correctional facility is located on the grounds of Camp San Luis Obispo, a National Guard training site. As of Fiscal Year 2014/2015, the 356-acre complex houses 4, 258 inmates (with a design capacity of 3,800), in both  medium security facilities (level III), as well as minimum...
California Valley was an attempt at development of the high and dry Carrizo Plain, a wide, remote valley in the mountains west of the San Joaquin Valley. In the 1950's and 1960's, house lots were sold for small sums, often to buyers who were acquainted with the site only by brochures. Most of the...
Calipatria has been called "the lowest-down city in the western hemisphere" because the town is 184 feet below sea level. The tip of the municipal flagpole indicates sea level.
A maximum security prison, run by the state of California, which was opened in 1992. Designed with a capacity of 2,200 inmates, as of 2014 there were around 3,800 in residence, including illegal immigrants held by the INS, pending deportation.
Campbell Hill is the highest point of land in Ohio, at 1,550 feet above sea level. Structures at the top of the hill are former defense radar facilities, left from the period of 1951 to 1969, when, due to its relative altitude, the site was used as part of the nationwide NORAD system to detect...
A museum operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, explaining the roles of Duluth and Superior in Great Lakes shipping and the importance of maintaining the nation's waterways. Location offers the best view in the city for watching vessels entering and leaving Duluth harbor.
A group of several prisons including ADX-Florence, a state-of-the art $223 million federal "Supermax" prison, which is known as "the Alcatraz of the Rockies." It's perhaps the flashiest (certainly the most controversial) of the nine-state and four federal prisons located in Fremont County,...
History is layered at the southwestern-most corner of the state, where an interpretive center (officially the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center), sits atop an abandoned coastal battery, at the point where Lewis and Clark stood to view the Pacific at the end of their long journey, on the grounds...
Cape Henlopen is an interesting mix of scattered dunes and former military fortifications, located on a natural promontory on the Delaware side of the mouth of Delaware Bay, across from Cape May, New Jersey. As the gateway to the Delaware River, and the cities of Wilmington, Trenton, and...
A replica of Stonehenge made out of three dozen cars, all spray-painted gray. Situated in an empty field in western Nebraska, the monument was built during a family reunion in 1987.
Part of a major cave system, now a National Park. Notable especially for its improvements, including a set of elevators that take you 750 feet below to the underground lunchroom. A big tourist attraction. The bat amphitheater is another unusual feature of the Park, where at certain times of the...
The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland is an active art production site, located at a large, long-shuttered Vermont Marble production plant. Most of the buildings are leased to other companies, but the Carving Studio occupies a few of the more picturesque old ones, and installs...
Cathedral Canyon is a small natural canyon which has been transformed into a rambling grotto of icons, statues, and text panels. Religious in overall tone, the site has many secular elements as well, and, though untended, is open to the public. It is best viewed at night, when the multicolored...
This was the Disney Corporation's first residential real estate development. The town of Celebration was planned for a population of 20,000 and sits on 4,900 acres of Disney property across the interstate from Disney World. Beyond the village is a wetland that will remain undeveloped. The rest is...