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Piper's Opera House today
Virginia City, Nevada

Piper's Opera House

Back in the day everyone who was anyone played this historic western theater.
39.3111, -119.6504
The voltaic pile at the Tempio Voltiano in Como, Italy.
Como, Italy

Tempio Voltiano

Old batteries and frog skeletons reside in this lakeside monument to Allesandro Volta.
45.8147, 9.0753
San Francisco, California

Beach Chalet WPA Murals

Depicting scenes of everyday life - and specific individuals - in Great Depression era San Francisco.
37.7694, -122.5103
Sacramento, California

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Puzzling...this tree looks like an assemblage of dismembered monkey limbs.
38.5393, -121.5024
Dennis the Menace Playground
Monterey, California

Dennis the Menace Playground

This municipal playground was co-created by the father of one of the most playful characters ever.
36.5978, -121.8863
The Westin St. Francis Hotel. (Wikimedia Commons)
San Francisco, California

Westin St. Francis Hotel

Only hotel where you can legally launder money.
37.7877, -122.4086
Tehachapi Wind Farm
Tehachapi, California

Tehachapi Wind Farm

Thousands of turbines whir at at the origin of North American wind power.
35.1681, -118.4737
Berkeley, California

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Where the alchemists dream of transmuting base metal into gold was actually achieved.
37.8749, -122.2528
Pont de la Concorde
Paris, France

Pont de la Concorde

Bridge built from the rubble of the Bastille prison.
48.8634, 2.3196
Harmony Borax Works
Inyo County, California

Harmony Borax Works

This crumbling Death Valley mining complex was known for its use of giant, 20-mule wagon teams.
36.6062, -117.1465
The wooden escalators at Macy's are almost 100 years old.
New York, New York

Macy's Wooden Escalators

A bit of retro transportation flair preserved in the world's largest department store.
40.7508, -73.9895
Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall

A former waterfront market is now in the center of town due to some interesting Boston engineering.
42.3600, -71.0562
These rocks were rubbed smooth by mammoths
Duncans Mills, California

Mammoth Rubbing Rocks

Massive prehistoric mammals used these stones as oversized scratching posts.
38.4267, -123.0958
Yosemite National Park, California

Indian Village of the Ahwahnee

A glimpse into the lives of the the Miwok and Paiute people in Yosemite National Park.
37.7486, -119.5881
Viewing windows in the lock.
Seattle, Washington

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Allowing humans and fish alike to migrate from freshwater to saltwater and back again.
47.6660, -122.3968
Cars for scale
Castroville, California

World's Largest Artichoke Statue

It should come as no surprise that the world's largest artichoke lies in the town that calls itself the "Artichoke Center of the World."
36.7623, -121.7529
Colonia Fara
Chiavari, Italy

Colonia Fara

This former fascist summer camp is now an abandoned ruin.
44.3205, 9.3103
Spreckels Temple of Music
San Francisco, California

Spreckels Temple of Music

The elaborate gift from Claus Spreckels, now a piece of San Francisco's history.
37.7699, -122.4685
Schwartz's
Montreal, Québec

Schwartz's

A Montreal deli that was so beloved that it was allowed to circumvent their laws of language.
45.5162, -73.5777
San Francisco, California

Hotaling Whiskey Warehouse

The largest whiskey stash on the West Coast survived the 1906 fires--but not without heroic effort.
37.7964, -122.4028
Dutch (North) Windmill from the beach.
San Francisco, California

Dutch Windmill

The key to turning shifting dunes into the green oasis of Golden Gate Park.
37.7705, -122.5094
Look familiar?
Yosemite National Park, California

The Ahwahnee Hotel

The interior of The Shining's Overlook Hotel was based on this Yosemite original.
37.7463, -119.5744
In the bell tower
Boston, Massachusetts

Old North Church

The site of Paul Revere's historic two lantern warning.
42.3663, -71.0543
Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Tor House and Hawk Tower

One poet's handmade, anachronistic home.
36.5421, -121.9323