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Elsah, Illinois

The Mistake House

First known as the "Sample House," this construction mash-up was meant to be a living catalogue of building styles.
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
St. Louis, Missouri

1904 World's Fair Flight Cage

What was meant to be a temporary exhibit is now a permanent fixture at the St. Louis Zoo filled with beautiful birds.
St. Louis, Missouri

World's Largest Amoco Sign

This titanic oil company sign is a reminder of the Americana boom of the 70's and also its commoditization.
Oregon, Illinois

The Eternal Indian

This monolithic statue was erected in honor of Chief Black Hawk even if it was not made to look like him.
Baraboo, Wisconsin

Circus World Museum

A large circus museum with summer performances.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mitchell Domes

A unique botanical garden housed in three giant geodesic domes.
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

EAA's AirVenture Oshkosh

One of the largest aviation events in the world brings half a million aircraft enthusiasts to Wisconsin each year.
Dodgeville, Wisconsin

C-97 Stratofreighter at the Don Q Inn

One of the last surviving C-97s sits in a field in front of a Wisconsin inn.
Detroit, Michigan

Giant Boxing Arm of Joe Louis

Controversial tribute to the heavyweight champion boxer who grew up in Detroit.
Allen Park, Michigan

Uniroyal Giant Tire

The 80 foot tire which looms over Michigan's I-94 was once a Ferris wheel in the New York World Fair.
Detroit, Michigan

Michigan Central Station

A Beaux-Arts triumph temporarily saved from demolition, but with an uncertain future.
Put-in-Bay, Ohio

Crystal Cave

Take a drunken tour inside the world's largest known geode.
St. Louis, Missouri

Compton Hill Water Tower

One of few surviving standpipe water towers in the U.S.
Winamac, Indiana

World of Motorcycles Museum

A large collection of motorbikes with some impressive gems.
St. Augustine, Florida

Treasury Street

St. Augustine's record-setting narrow street was designed to protect against pirates.
St. Augustine, Florida

Fort Matanzas National Monument

This Spanish fort is made entirely of seashell and concrete.
Flagler Beach, Florida

Bulow Plantation Ruins

The ruins of this ante-bellum sugar plantation are the end result of a Seminole attack during the Florida Wars of 1836.
St. Augustine, Florida

Old Spanish Trail Zero Milestone

In this case, 'zero' marks the spot where the iconic Old Spanish Trail ends.
St. Augustine, Florida

The Fountain of Youth

A tribute to Ponce de Leon's supposed quest for eternal youth.
Eureka, Missouri

Times Beach, Missouri

This former small town was destroyed not by the motor oil it sprayed the ground with but by the toxic waste that was added.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Shaker's Cigar Bar

Once a speakeasy operated by Al Capone, this Milwaukee cigar bar is now a haven for ghost hunters.
Key West, Florida

Time for Fun

This statue inspired by Renoir's famous painting embodies the jovial spirit of Key West.
Key West, Florida

Blue Heaven Rooster Cemetery

A small poultry graveyard in the courtyard of a popular Key West watering hole.