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Monticello, Utah

Home of Truth

This ghost town was once a cult-like religious utopian settlement.
Monticello, Utah

Newspaper Rock

One of the world’s largest collections of petroglyphs records 2,000 years of human activity.
Fort Collins, Colorado

The Old Main Bell

After being lost for nearly a century, this historic bell finally returned home after its mysterious theft.
Fort Collins, Colorado

Father Goose Memorial

This stone marker honors the man who released Canada goose goslings in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Cimarron, New Mexico

St. James Hotel

A saloon and inn that served the Wild West's most iconic figures—and is still haunted by some of them today.
Lafayette, Colorado

Vampire Grave of Lafayette

According to local legend, a tree grew from the stake that killed this alleged vampire. In reality, he probably died from influenza.
Broomfield, Colorado

Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox

This drive-by, rotating mini-gallery is nestled in the suburbs of Colorado.
Morrison, Colorado

Walker Mansion Ruins

This massive home was constructed by one of the greatest conservationists in Colorado history.
Denver, Colorado

The Grave of Silas Soule

In a dry, neglected cemetery lies the unassuming grave of a soldier vilified in life but celebrated in death.
Denver, Colorado

Carpio Sanguinette Park

An innovative local park built from an abandoned sewage treatment plant.
Denver, Colorado

Cranmer Park Sundial

This Chinese-style quartz sundial was saved in its final hour.
Denver, Colorado

Ralph Carr Memorial, Sakura Square

In a small Japanese garden off a busy Denver street, a memorial to a brave, principled politician.
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Gnome Road

A collection of fading fantasy tchotchkes lines this dirt road in the Colorado wilderness.
Denver, Colorado

Mile High Comics Megastore

While comics are the main attraction at this megastore, the second floor plays host to an exhibit fit for a museum.
Seattle, Washington

Lake View Cemetery

A beautiful final resting place for some of the noteworthy deceased.
Seattle, Washington

Kubota Garden

This semi-secret garden in south Seattle emulates a traditional Japanese garden using the plants of the Pacific Northwest.
Bloomington, Illinois

Dorothy's Grave

The carved remains of a 200-year-old oak tree memorialize the namesake of the iconic "Wizard of Oz" character.
Peoria, Illinois

Giant Oak Park

A massive bur oak tree believed to be some 500 years old is the centerpiece of this quiet urban greenspace.
Manitou Springs, Colorado

Emma Crawford Coffin Race

A lively annual event in which thousands of people race to push coffins heavy with bodies up a hill.
Peoria, Illinois

Peoria Holocaust Memorial

A collection of 11 million buttons illustrates the human toll of the Holocaust.
Trinidad, Colorado

Steam Engine 638

This small piece of railroad history sits behind the parking lot of a chain grocery store.
Florissant, Colorado

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

The largest source of fossilized insects anywhere.
Estes Park, Colorado

Baldpate Inn Key Collection

The world's largest key collection features keys to the White House, Frankenstein's castle, and Hitler's bunker.
Idaho Springs, Colorado

Steve Canyon Statue

This statue of an obscure comic strip hero stands as a tribute to patriotic service and a cautionary tale about embracing fads.