Cultural
This island in the Carr Inlet once served as a 20 square mile penal colony. Beginning in 1875, a number of prison complexes were built on the island, including a maximum security prison on the shore closest to Tacoma, and a minimum security annex, which housed the "Work Ethic Camp." Some of the...
The Meades Ranch geodetic datum point is a small bronze disc in a field, near the center of the country, anchoring a survey point from which nearly a sixth of the world’s surface was geodetically referenced. This was the "Primary Station" for all Mexican, American, and Canadian surveys, known as...
An environmental and regional learning center, and the headquarters of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. Until 1999 the facility housed the "Trash Museum," an educational museum about garbage, which included a walk through cross section of trash. Before that it was a future landfill,...
Melody Ranch is a classic Western movie ranch, located outside Valencia. It opened in 1915 and was sold to Gene Autry, the singing cowboy, in 1952. Hundreds of productions were shot here, including many of the films starring John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Gary Cooper, etc. In 1962, the ranch was severely...
This highly developed cave has an underground ballroom, and an underground theater with a patriotic son-et-lumeire show, in which an American flag is projected onto a curtain of stalagtites. Underground gift shop too.
Museum located on a steam-powered river boat, which displays information on transportation and on the Missouri river.
An exhibition called "Projects in Nature" was held in 1975 on a private estate in rural New Jersey, involving eleven "environmental artists," most of whom constructed some kind of outdoor work on the property. Artists included Carl Andre, Alan Sondheim, John Goodyear, and Clayton Lee. Alice Aycock...
An inactive gold mine which naturally emits radon gas, that has been developed into a healing center, with benches lining the 500 foot long shaft to accomodate visitors. The proprietors tout the cleansing effects of radon, and recommend 40 one hour-long sessions in the mine every year for maximum...
A 4,150 foot wide crater, formed by the impact of a meteorite (estimated to have been around 150 feet in diameter) around 50,000 years ago. The well-preserved crater has been used by NASA as a training site for Apollo program astronauts because of its resemblance to the moon's surface. There is a...
In this park, east of Kent, is a series of earthworks created by the earth artist Herbert Bayer in 1982. The work consists of a group of grass-covered earthen berms, shaped into large, orderly rings and circular mounds, spread over 2.5 acres of a larger 96-acre city park. But the site is also a...
Mima mounds are mysterious formations found in fields in various parts of the world, including China, Alaska, and in this part of southwestern Washington. This cluster has been designated a registered natural landmark to preserve and offer interpretations of the formations. The clearing is full of...
Exhibits examine lead and zinc mining in the area through models, dioramas, artifacts and photographs. A guided tour includes a walk into the Bevans Lead mine.
Around 3,485 people are incarcerated within the walls that surround this square-mile block, west of Lancaster. California State Prison, Los Angeles County has a design capacity of around 2,300 inmates, and generally houses around 3,485 (2015). Another facility here, The Mira Loma Detention Center,...
An abandoned lead and zinc mine and milling operation in Missouri's Lead Belt, that has been converted into a museum by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Many of the industrial facilities of this large operation are being converted into use as an interpretive components for the mining...
In 1971, 400 - 500 seeds were transported to the moon and back by Apollo 14 astronaut Stuart Roosa. The seeds were then germinated while under the care of the U.S. Forestry Service, and the resulting seedlings given away over a number of years. The seedlings have found their way to a variety of...
Located at Challenger Seven Memorial Park, south of downtown Houston, this earthwork draws on the tradition of the earth as mother metaphor, but with contemporary, feminist intent. It was built in 1997 by women and children, working with the Houston Women's Caucus for Art.
Piles of rubble surrounded by 12-foot barbed-wire topped fences are part of what you'll find at the ruins of the Mount Carmel Center compound, where the Branch Davidian sect under the guidance of David Koresh, was brought to its fiery apocalypse in 1993.
A 7,000 acre private wooded reserve owned by reclusive monks, where the nation's "longest paved private toll road" rises 3,200 feet up to the top of Mount Equinox. The property was amassed and developed starting in the 1930s, by a chemist, engineer and executive at Union Carbide by the name of Dr....
This granite tower was originally destined to be a lighthouse on the Charles River estuary in Boston, but was instead hauled up to the top of Mount Graylock, Massachusetts' highest peak (3,491 feet), in 1932, where it was dedicated as the Veterans War Memorial Tower. The 92-foot-tall tower as...
According to some, this 3,165-foot-tall mountain is the most climbed mountain in the world (a record apparently previously held by Mount Fujiyama, which has recently acquired a transportation system). 125,000 people a year, an average of 342.2 hikers per day, make the trek, On a peak summer or fall...
A 140,000 square foot, hardened underground complex built by the US Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve, completed in 1969. Until 1988, several billion dollars in currency was stored there to resupply the nation in the event of a devastating nuclear attack. Until 1992, the facility was also...
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A small cabin shelter sits atop Mount Whitney, the tallest point in the lower 48 states, at 14,494 feet. The mountain is less than 88 miles from Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, the lowest point in the lower 48 states, at -282 feet.
An island in the middle of the Mississippi River, which has been developed into a tourist attraction, public park and recreational area, featuring the River Walk, a 5-block long outdoor relief map replica of the Mississippi River, made out of stacked slabs of concrete, complete with water flowing...
An extensive collection of artifacts relating to early development and transportation in Alaska. Displayed indoors, but mostly outdoors, in a rambling exhibit of curious and ordinary vehicles including an array of early snow mobiles, outboard motors, old emergency vehicles, trains, aircraft, boats...
This aviation and space museum has several unusual exhibits, and is suitably located in the heart of a major aerospace center. Located on Boeing Field and surrounded by Boeing R&D buildings, a swarm of 45 aircraft cover the main hall, with many aircraft hanging from the ceiling. Of special note...
An unusual museum of artifacts, displays, and curiosities of the natural and human world.
A museum which explores man's attempts to travel and work underwater. Diving gear, submarines, remotely operated vehicles, and material on the history of diving are displayed. The Institute of Diving operates the museum and its library.
A classic tourist attraction, this Mystery Spot has the same sort of slanty-house, trompe-l'oeil displays, and gift shops that are at other "mystery spots." This type of site is located in places where peculiarly strong magnetic gravitational forces cause odd physical phenomena, usually illustrated...
Mystic Caverns, and the adjacent Crystal Dome Cavern, are fairly typical of the 40 or so southern "show caves" listed by the National Caves Association as open to the public (four of which are in Arkansas), with gift shop, pipe handrails, and a Christian aura. Mystic was opened to commercial tours...