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It has been used in hundreds of experiments since 1971.
Athens, Ohio

John E. Edwards Particle Accelerator

A rare particle accelerator with a tremendous energy range is tucked away at Ohio University.
39.3240, -82.0999
Island Lamp at night, intersection of Madison Road and Edwards Road
Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati Yellow Lamps

An obsolete, vanishing traffic device warns Cincinnati drivers away from middle-of-the-road obstructions.
39.1065, -84.5193
Larger than life numbers outside the math and engineering buildings at The Ohio State University.
Columbus, Ohio

Garden of Constants

This whimsical campus lawn is dotted with large sculpted numbers and hidden mathematical formulas.
40.0023, -83.0163
Exterior in color
Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland Trust Rotunda Building

Marvel at this turn-of-the-century masterpiece that has been turned into a rather stately supermarket.
41.5000, -81.6861
Front of the iron furnace.
Bruceton Mills, West Virginia

Henry Clay Iron Furnace

A well-preserved relic of the industrial age steel and iron works that dotted West Virginia.
39.6602, -79.7811
Inscription above the entrance to the courthouse.
Somerset, Ohio

Old Perry County Courthouse

The nearly 200-year-old building displays a perplexing grammatical error.
39.8075, -82.2993
Vasehenge.
Zanesville, Ohio

Vasehenge

A circle of giant painted vases in the former pottery capital of the U.S.
39.9394, -82.0155
Middlesboro, Kentucky

Tri-State Peak

Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia meet at this point in the Cumberland Gap.
36.6008, -83.6754
The Top - Moro Rock at Sequoia National Park
Three Rivers, California

Moro Rock

400 granite steps were built into this massive rock by the National Park Service.
36.5442, -118.7652
The coffee pot-shaped tower honors the town's Swedish heritage.
Kingsburg, California

Swedish Coffee Pot Tower

A water tower shaped like a giant coffee pot looms over a small Swedish village in Central California.
36.5146, -119.5516
Inside the Tent of Tomorrow of the New York State Pavilion (2009)
Queens, New York

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

The remnants of two World's Fairs are here, complete with a 12-story globe, a mini-Manhattan, and a UFO-shaped pavilion.
40.7462, -73.8445
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
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
McConnelsville, Ohio

Big Muskie Bucket

All that remains of a gigantic earth-moving machine.
39.6993, -81.7313
Cambridge, Ohio

Hopalong Cassidy Museum

A tribute to one of the most famous cowboys on TV, and the consumerism that fueled his popularity.
40.0239, -81.5862
Roswell McDonalds
Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell McDonald's

This fast food outlet is the only space and UFO-themed McDonalds in the world.
33.4005, -104.5232
The Diana Site.
Wall Township, New Jersey

Project Diana Site

The first dish to bounce radio signals off the Moon, it was the forerunner to the U.S. Space Program.
40.1849, -74.0565
San Jose, California

Santana Row Chess Plaza

A giant chess set, minus the psychedelic drug trip.
37.3211, -121.9473
The Winchester Mystery House.
San Jose, California

The Winchester Mystery House

A peculiar mansion built by the troubled heir to the Winchester gun fortune.
37.3189, -121.9506
The stairs at night
Washington, D.C.

The Exorcist Stairs

Site of the climactic scene from The Exorcist.
38.9055, -77.0702
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
Stones from William Randoloh Hearst's 12th century monastery
San Francisco, California

John McLaren Statue

The legendary statue-hating superintendent of Golden Gate Park is honored with... a statue.
37.7718, -122.4649
San Francisco Naval Shipyard. (chrisd2006/Flickr)
San Francisco, California

San Francisco Naval Shipyard

Radioactivity still cause for concern at this urban explorer's paradise.
37.7267, -122.3594
San Francisco, California

Maltese Falcon Alleyway

Alleyway plaque commemorating the death of a fictional character in The Maltese Falcon, not far from the author's home.
37.7902, -122.4075