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Charleston, South Carolina

Old Slave Mart

South Carolina's last remaining slavery auction house is now a museum devoted to its own tragic history.
Millinocket, Maine

Mount Katahdin

The highest point in Maine is a grand gift to the state citizens that also happens to be one end of the Appalachian Trail.
Toronto, Ontario

Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial

A monument to the 17,000 Chinese who worked and died to build Canada's Pacific Railway.
Toronto, Ontario

The Little House

Smallest house in Toronto sits on a lot meant to be just wide enough for cars to drive through.
Toronto, Ontario

Toronto's Half House

Willy Wonka would love this weird half-a-home.
Toronto, Ontario

Allan Gardens Conservatory

The Victorian-era greenhouse is stuffed with tropical plants, and open 365 days a year.
Washington, Georgia

Mary Willis Library

The first free library in Georgia features an original Tiffany stained glass window of Mary Willis.
Paris, France

Statue of Liberty, Pont de Grenelle

This statue was given to France by the United States to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution.
Paris, France

Cimetiere de Picpus

The headless bodies of more than 1,300 guillotined victims of the Reign of Terror are buried here in mass graves.
Paris, France

Pont de la Concorde

This bridge was constructed from the rubble of the infamous Bastille.
Washington, D.C.

Dumbarton Oaks Birthing Figure

This fertility idol of questionable authenticity inspired an iconic Indiana Jones artifact.
Austin, Nevada

Nevada State Route 722

US-50 in Nevada is known as "the Loneliest Road in America," but this earlier iteration of the route is even lonelier.
Hartsville, South Carolina

The Last Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken Restaurant

The sole remaining outpost of a once-thriving South Carolina chain still sells “pic-a-nic” baskets.
Lake George, New York

The Last Howard Johnson's

All that remains of the once-booming chain is a single orange-roofed restaurant.
St. Helena Island, South Carolina

Harbor Island Abandoned Houses

Once luxurious, these oceanfront beach homes have been left to succumb to the elements as the beach is slowly washed away.
Yermo, California

Calico Ghost Town

A desert ghost town—occupied for only 12 years—was once home to more than 500 silver mines.
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Elkmont Historic District

An abandoned town is hidden in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Amsterdam, Netherlands

City Hall Urinal

A public urinal so pretty, it was declared a national monument.
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Tuberculosis Huts

Small teepee-like houses built for TB patients have become sheds, studios, and bus stops around Colorado Springs.
Golden, Colorado

Sculptured House

This iconic science fiction house still looks like something from the future.
Denver, Colorado

"The Yearling"

A Rocky Mountain city provides a happy ending for a pinto pony and his Brobdingnagian red chair.
Washington, D.C.

The Big Chair

A super-sized promotional trick that is now a DC landmark.
Washington, D.C.

The Mary Surratt Boarding House

The house where John Wilkes Booth conspired with his co-conspirators.
Washington, D.C.

House of the Temple

This imposing Masonic temple a mile from the White House was the first public library in Washington, D.C.