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Warren G. Harding Tomb
Marion, Ohio

President Warren G. Harding's Tomb

This presidential tomb was not dedicated until years after Harding's death due to personal controversy.
40.5744, -83.1178
Merchant Ball
Marion, Ohio

Merchant Ball

This moving cemetery sphere is a slowly rolling stone.
40.5766, -83.1220
Peebles, Ohio

The Great Serpent Mound

The largest earthwork effigy in the world.
39.0252, -83.4302
Petersburg, Kentucky

The Creation Museum

A 70,000-square-foot institution dedicated to a very literal, creationist perspective on the Book of Genesis.
39.0861, -84.7835
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.
42.2706, -83.2091
Dymaxion House
Dearborn, Michigan

Dymaxion House

The only surviving prototype for Buckminster Fuller's house of the future.
42.3031, -83.2331
Hell, Michgan
Hell, Michigan

Hell, Michigan

Hell on Earth is actually a small town in Michigan where anyone can be mayor for a day.
42.4347, -83.9850
Ypsilanti Water Tower
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Ypsilanti Water Tower

Lovingly nick-named the "Brick Dick" this municipal tower was winner of the World's Most Phallic Building Contest.
42.2429, -83.6246
The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair interior
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair

Trade in that pesky human soul for cold-hard circuits.
42.2796, -83.7478
A curious fellow takes a peek inside.
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor’s Fairy Doors

Whimsical portals to another world.
42.2808, -83.7430
Detroit, Michigan

Vanity Ballroom

Dilapidated Mayan-themed ballroom was one of Detroit's most popular venues through the 40s.
42.3725, -82.9466
Ornate entrance to the building.
Detroit, Michigan

Belle Isle Aquarium

At its closure in 2005, the Belle Isle Aquarium was the nation’s longest continually running aquarium.
42.3366, -82.9853
Detroit, Michigan

Michigan Central Station

A Beaux-Arts triumph temporarily saved from demolition, but with an uncertain future.
42.3287, -83.0775
Detroit, Michigan

Giant Boxing Arm of Joe Louis

Controversial tribute to the heavyweight champion boxer who grew up in Detroit.
42.3287, -83.0445
Detroit, Michigan

The Caryatids of Book Tower

38-story baroque tower reflecting Detroit's rise, fall, and possible rise again.
42.3335, -83.0514
Detroit, Michigan

Michigan Theatre

Opulent downtown movie theater now houses cars as an indoor parking garage.
42.3345, -83.0531
GAR Building.
Detroit, Michigan

Grand Army of the Republic Building

Detroit’s downtown castle is one of the oldest structures in the city.
42.3350, -83.0549
Detroit, Michigan

Packard Automotive Plant

The concrete shell of an industry giant remains as a playground for graffiti artists, auto scrappers, and paintball warriors.
42.3796, -83.0290
Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry
Detroit, Michigan

Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry

These enduring murals depicting a distinctly Marxist tribute to capitalism could not even be defeated by McCarthyism.
42.3594, -83.0645
Detroit, Michigan

The Russell Industrial Center

Enormous small-business mecca in the Midwest, serving dozens of artists.
42.3783, -83.0604
The statue appears to weep.
Cleveland, Ohio

The Haserot Angel

The angel of death appears to weep black tears at this grave marker.
41.5137, -81.5978