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Abandoned Jerome Post Office
Jerome, Arizona

Abandoned Jerome Post Office

On the outskirts of a reborn ghost town, a decaying post office remembers the bad old days.
34.7585, -112.1239
World's Largest Cross
Effingham, Illinois

World's Largest Cross

Known as the "Cross At The Crossroads" this massive metal crucifix is just short enough to avoid the FAA.
39.0951, -88.5665
Devil's Icebox. (Creative Commons)
Columbia, Missouri

Devil's Icebox

Curious cave that stays a cool 56 degrees all year long.
38.8819, -92.3289
Johnson's Shut-Ins panorama
Lesterville, Missouri

Johnson's Shut-Ins

Erosion and time have created a naturally-formed water park.
37.5445, -90.8465
Taum Sauk Mountain in the fall.
Ironton, Missouri

Taum Sauk Mountain

In the St. Francois Mountains in the Ozarks at 1,772 feet above sea level, Taum Sauk Mountain is the highest (and possibly oldest) peak in Missouri.
37.5703, -90.7279
Iron township , Missouri

Elephant Rocks State Park

Giant granite rocks standing end-to-end like a train of circus elephants.
37.6546, -90.6886
Popeye Character Trail
Chester, Illinois

Popeye Character Trail

The hometown of Popeye's creator is littered with a growing collection of granite cartoon characters.
37.9137, -89.8221
Divers in the Billion Gallon Lake.
Bonne Terre, Missouri

Bonne Terre Mines

The world's largest man-made underground caverns offer unparalleled underwater wonders.
37.9234, -90.5508
Sullivan, Missouri

Meramec Caverns

400 million-year old limestone caverns nestled in the Ozarks served as shelter and a hideout for cultures throughout North American history.
38.2745, -91.1057
The illusive (and mythical) Piasa Bird
Alton, Illinois

Piasa Bird

A mythical bird etched into the face of a rock doubles as the mascot for a nearby school.
38.8982, -90.1991
The world's largest bottle of catsup.
Collinsville, Illinois

World's Largest Catsup Bottle

Quirky water tower advertises the long-gone Brooks Tomato Products Co.
38.6629, -89.9823
Weldon Spring Disposal Site
St. Charles, Missouri

Weldon Spring Disposal Site

Entombed in this strange, white stone hill are the deadly remains of radioactive weapons production.
38.6979, -90.7284
Monks Mound at Cahokia.
Collinsville, Illinois

Cahokia Mounds

Once one of the world's great cities, Cahokia was a place of religious worship, trade and mass human sacrifice before being mysteriously abandoned.
38.6570, -90.0587
From a distance, the unfinished Cementland's ambitions to be a castle-like amusement park are obvious.
St. Louis, Missouri

Cementland

A late sculptor's last project was to turn this abandoned cement factory into a castle-themed amusement park.
38.7343, -90.2128
The pin point impression wall gives spectators of all ages the chance to create 3D works of art.
St. Louis, Missouri

The Magic House

The Magic House provides a beautiful and creative environment for curious youngsters to get their knowledge on.
38.5739, -90.4053
Once owned by President Ulysses S. Grant during the mid-1800s, Grant's Farm is now cared for by Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri

Grant's Farm

What was once a presidential estate is now an exotic menagerie and home to the Budweiser Clydesdales.
38.5460, -90.3510
Creve Coeur, Missouri

Saint Louis Abbey

Famous church recognized for both its unique design and disciplined monks that live according to the Benedictine discipline.
38.6444, -90.4788
The World's Largest Amoco Sign
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.
38.6330, -90.3045
Turtle Playground.
St. Louis, Missouri

Turtle Playground

This is not your typical jungle gym.
38.6315, -90.2924
The Front of the Lemp Mansion, built in 1868. There have been three suicides in the walls of this house.
St. Louis, Missouri

Lemp Mansion

A historic house in St. Louis was plagued by a series of suicides committed by family members involved in a successful brewery.
38.5932, -90.2158
Times Beach, Missouri
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.
38.5029, -90.5935
St. Louis' Old Courthouse was the scene of the Dred Scott Decision, which served as a catalyst in the eradication of slavery in the United States.
St. Louis, Missouri

Old St. Louis County Courthouse

The Old Courthouse takes visitors on a captivating trip through St. Louis' timeline.
38.6249, -90.1863
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
38.6330, -90.2001