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Touring the Abandoned Atlantic City Sites That Inspired the Monopoly Board
The once-glamorous casinos and hotels have become a gilded ghost town.
April 24, 2017
Exploring Cuba, Guided by Graham Greene
'Our Man in Havana' was published at the end of 1958, and much of the city it describes remains intact.
February 20, 2017
Peek Inside Buffalo's Abandoned Art Deco Train Terminal
A look at the empty grand hall of a once-bustling station.
January 05, 2017
Traveling Through Transylvania With 'Dracula' as a Guide
Is it possible to use Bram Stoker's 1897 novel to explore Romania?
October 13, 2016
Why the Hallmark Card Company Owns Thousands of Priceless Artworks
Exploring the modern art collection at Hallmark HQ in Kansas City.
September 30, 2016
abandoned opera houses
Inside an Abandoned Connecticut Opera House With a Jail Beneath its Stage
At one time in the U.S., almost every town had their own opera palace.
September 02, 2016
How a Champagne-Laden Steamship Ended Up in a Kansas Cornfield
The steamboat Arabia carried 200 tons of treasure when it sank in 1856.
July 20, 2016
abandoned film sets
There’s an Art Deco Airport Lying Ruined in Brooklyn
Luckily, dedicated volunteers have been restoring the beautiful planes.
June 02, 2016
The Small London Company That Makes the World's Most Beautiful Globes
A former bowling alley owner wanted to make a present for his father, and ended up with a thriving business.
May 11, 2016
The Top Secret Military Base Hidden in Chernobyl's Irradiated Forest
The mysterious Cold War base is now an eerie, crumbling ruin.
April 25, 2016
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Interviewing the President of the Sovereign Nation Inside Nevada
The micronation of Molossia is very real to its leader.
April 14, 2016
Buried Somewhere in the Catskills is a Stash of Nazi Loot
An amateur pilot halted Nazi saboteurs during WWII, but did he then steal their war chest of cash?
April 01, 2016
Getting in the Minds of Murderers at London’s Hidden Crime Museum
February 17, 2016
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Exploring the Forgotten Art Deco Artifacts of the New Yorker Hotel
January 06, 2016
Peek Inside the Grisly, Salacious Case Files of NYC's Head Coroner in the Early 1900s
December 17, 2015
The Delights and Perils of Navigating New York City With a Guidebook From 1899
November 19, 2015
New York City's Mail Chutes are Lovely, Ingenious and Almost Entirely Ignored
November 04, 2015
The Secret World War II Prison Camp for Artists
October 07, 2015
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I Found a Female Serial Killer in My Family Tree
September 03, 2015
A Ruined French City, Resuscitated In a Garden
August 26, 2015
75 Years Later, the Deadly Bombing That Rocked the New York World's Fair Is Still Unsolved
August 14, 2015
Exploring the Secret Nazi Tunnels Under a German Vacation Town
July 28, 2015
Manhattan Was Almost Home to a 200-Foot-Tall Owl Mausoleum
July 02, 2015
The Rusted, Rotting Remains of A New Jersey Missile Base
June 11, 2015
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