Cultural
The famous park that has been a vital part of Orange County's identity and economy opened in 1955. The Matterhorn, one of the park's more notable landmarks, was built in 1959, and, in order to fit the exemption for an otherwise prohibitive height restriction ordnance, had to be built as a sports...
Five small trenches lined in wood, inserted into the playa at the Black Rock Desert. This was number 8 of the artist Michael Heizer's 1968 series "Nine Nevada Depressions." Apparently no remains are visible.
A decaying shopping mall shuttered since 1979, the Dixie Square Mall was an economic reflection as well as centerpiece of the depressed south-side suburb town of Harvey, IL once known as "the gateway to the south suburbs." Many attempts (including a federal program supported at the time by U.S. Rep...
A hodge-podge Smoky Mountain theme park, featuring typical amusement park rides - augmented with music and crafts of the region. It's owned by singer Dolly Parton in conjunction with Herschend Family Entertainment.
The ill-fated Donner-Reed party of immigrants passed through the Grantsville area in 1846. They abandoned many of their possessions as they struggled to cross the nearby salt flats, and some of these objects are displayed in this museum. A month behind schedule on their journey to California from...
An earthwork created by the artist Michael Heizer in 1969 and 1970. The piece consists of two gouges in the edge of a mesa, in southern Nevada. The 30-foot wide, 50-foot deep cuts, made by dynamite and bulldozers, face each other from either side of a scallop on the eroded edge of the natural...
The museum, which is located on the site of the world's first oil well, contains information on the industrial technology of the Early Pennsylvania oil industry, and the global impact of oil.
Located on Station Island, among the salt ponds, along the railroad tracks, lies the fabled town of Drawbridge, a former railroad town, which became a fishing and shrimping community. The last resident left in 1979, and Drawbridge is now a collection of crumbling shacks, next to an old...
Drop City was a community that formed in southern Colorado in 1965, which went on to become a sort of icon of the rural 1960s communal living that seemed to be blooming at that time. Singled out by the media as exemplary, Drop City was known for its dome-style of architecture, which combined the...
This interpretive center is located at a point overlooking the Dry Falls site, one of the most dramatic formations of the Great Spokane Flood, a series of massive flooding events that shaped the landscape of much of eastern Washington around 15,000 years ago. During the largest floods, perhaps...
The 109 giant ears of corn on a lawn in an office park near the town of Dublin is a project conceived by the artist Malcolm Cochran, in 1994, for the Dublin Arts Council. It makes a statement about the transition of much of Ohio's landscape from farms to suburbs. The site was once owned by Sam...
A complex of about twelve small caves that had been turned into rustic residences. Owned, and in most cases excavated, by "Dugout Dick" Zimmerman, who had been working the caves since 1948, and who died in 2010, at the age of 94. He became a bit of a celebrity, after being featured in national news...
Information center about Duke Energy's South Carolina energy sites, such as the Keowee-Toxaway Complex, a electrical generation network consisting of several reservoirs and dams, and the Oconee Nuclear Power Plant, which is located next door. The display is oriented towards school children, and...
Dulce is one of a few areas in New Mexico with a number of UFO reports and notions. According to some, north of town, a mountainside is said to be able to open up to accommodate space craft into an underground genetics lab run by aliens and the shadow government, where humans are kept in cages and...
A museum of experimental and historic aircraft, housed in a new and extensive display complex that is also the headquarters of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Located adjacent to the airfield at Oshkosh, where the annual fly-in EAA convention can draw 750,000 people, making it one of the...
One of six radon health mines in this part of Montana, which apparently are the only active radon health mines in the United States. The Earth Angel, a former gold mine, has the strongest concentration of radon gas, limiting users to 20 visits at a stretch (instead of the usual 30). Halfway down...
A groundbreaking exhibit called "Earth Art" was held at the Andrew Dickson White Museum of Art at Cornell University in 1969, curated by Willoughby Sharp. Included in the exhibit were Hans Haacke, Neil Jenney, Richard Long, David Medalla, Robert Morris, Dennis Oppenheim, Robert Smithson, and Gunter...
Designed by Herbert Bayer in 1954, making it in all likelihood the first "earthwork" done within the context of contemporary art; the piece is maintained and visible at the Aspen Institute's Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, Colorado. Down a nearby path is Anderson Park, designed by Bayer in 1973, in...
A museum located in the the town of Independence, in the Owens Valley. Among the permanent exhibits is one devoted to the battle with Los Angeles for Owens Valley's water. The museum is also home to one of the largest exhibits of Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone and Death Valley Panamint-Shoshone...
An inactive and well-preserved coal mining town, with a museum to the industry located at the site. Part of the well-preserved look is due to the fact that many of the mining buildings were constructed as part of the set of the The Molly Maguires, a 1970 film about a labor-management dispute,...
The Effigy Tumuli earthwork consists of five geometrically abstracted animal forms, created on old mining land along the Illinois River. Now a state park, the sculpture is in flux, parts eroding, parts overgrown, others nearly bare. It is one of the largest artworks in the country, and the shapes...
El Mirage is probably the closest dry lake to downtown Los Angeles, and is therefore one of the most heavily visited. It is now regularly used for car racing, land sailing, model aircraft, amateur rocketeers, and film productions, and has been used by numerous known and unknown artists as well....
A classic of the genre, this roadside attraction and family theme park opened in 1955, ultimately closing in the early 1990's. It lay abandoned and neglected for many years, until 2005, when restoration efforts spearheaded by Martha Clark and the Enchanted Forest Preservation Society, resulted in...
A breeding center for exotic cats at an unlikely-seeming location in the northern Antelope Valley. The facility is open to the public, and has several dozen animals on display in well-appointed cages outside, along a trail. There is a gift shop and an admission charge.
The site of a museum which celebrated the world of exotic dancers and burlesque dancing, until its closing in 2006.  The late Dixie Evans, a former dancer herself, founded and operated the museum for decades, which was located next to her house. A portion of the collection is now on display at...
This cave is visible only as part of a motorized tour, as guides steer passengers in propane-fueled jeeps through the cave passages. The cave's grand ballroom was used by the Ku Klux Klan to conduct meetings and cross burnings in the 1920s, but these days the room is rented out for other types of...
The FBI headquarters are located in this office building in Washington, DC, the J. Edgar Hoover Building, on Pennsylvania Ave., between 9th and 10th Streets NW. The FBI used to give tours of the facility, consisting of a videotape presentation, a sharpshooting demonstration, and information on the...
Inside the pyramid in the town of Felicity is a time capsule and a plaque indicating the exact center of the world. Though it could be said that the surface of a spherical planet could have an infinite number of "centers" this is the only Center of the World officially recognized as such by the...
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's regional operations center for New England is housed in this underground bunker in Maynard. Built in the 1950's, when the agency was more concerned about nuclear attacks than it is now, the bunker has an operations room for organizing emergency relief teams...
The Fisher Museum was built initially to contain 23 dioramas of New England forests. The precise three-dimensional dioramas depict examples of New England forest conditions and transformations of the local landscape. They were designed by R. T. Fisher, the first director of the Harvard Forest. The...