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Photograph of City Hall some time prior to 1947.
Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend City Hall

City Council meetings still happen in his historic building, impeccably preserved on the inside.
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Viewing windows in the lock.
Seattle, Washington

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Allowing humans and fish alike to migrate from freshwater to saltwater and back again.
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Carl S. English Gardens
Seattle, Washington

Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens

A young botanist's horticultural vision realized through a lifetime of planting, tending, and collecting seeds.
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Ballard Bridge control tower
Seattle, Washington

Ballard Bridge

Granting the right of way to ships over surface traffic since 1917.
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Gum Wall window ledge
Seattle, Washington

Gum Wall

A wall of chewing gum moonlights as collective art.
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The Garages
Tacoma, Washington

Graffiti Garages

This parking garage has given itself over to graffiti artists and the neighborhood can't thank them enough.
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Wellington, New Zealand

Colossal Squid

The world's only complete colossal squid specimen is on display at the Te Papa Museum.
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Diving suit by the Carmagnolle brothers from 1882
Paris, France

Musée National de la Marine

Museum on French naval history, with magnificent figureheads, a historic diving suit, and a boat used by Napoleon.
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The Gigantic Polar Bear
Port Costa, California

The Warehouse Cafe

Where the polar bear watches over everything, and every drink is a double.
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Alamo, California

The Cow Bones of Mount Diablo

Cows on a ranch are commonplace, scattered cow bones everywhere? Not so much.
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Looking in from the Pandora St. entrance.
Victoria, British Columbia

Fan Tan Alley

The narrowest street in Canada was once a spot for dastardly doings, now a historic piece of Chinatown.
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Vallejo, California

Mare Island

The former Naval shipyard is open for exploring - mostly.
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San Francisco, California

Balmy Alley Murals

Stunning street art as political theater for the masses.
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The sign welcoming visitors to the Red Rock National Conservation Area.
Las Vegas, Nevada

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Dyed by iron oxide over centuries, these sandstone rocks rise thousands of feet into the sky.
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Boston, Massachusetts

Boston's First Street

Historic Hull Street was actually the first street with a proper name in the Boston area.
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Many of the gravestones appear to be sinking into the ground
Boston, Massachusetts

Copp's Hill Burying Ground

This landmark cemetery in Boston was created more than 300 years ago.
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Stairs up to the bell tower
Boston, Massachusetts

Old North Church

The site of Paul Revere's historic two lantern warning.
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Boston, Massachusetts

Bell Ringing Chamber at Old North Church

The oldest working bell set in North America, the bells at Old North Church sat silent for their first four years in Massachusetts.
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Boston, Massachusetts

Ancient Crypt

1100 souls found their resting place in the basement of Old North Church.
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Paul Revere House from the street
Boston, Massachusetts

The Paul Revere House

Oldest house in downtown Boston was once the home of Paul Revere.
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One of Paul Revere's bells though not his first
Boston, Massachusetts

Site of Boston's First Bell

The first bell ever cast in Boston was cast by Paul Revere...and sounded terrible.
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The golden grasshopper weathervane attracts attention from locals and visitors alike
Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall Weathervane

An interesting decoration on this historic site, this weathervane comes with as many legends as it does questions.
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Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall

A former waterfront market is now in the center of town due to some interesting Boston engineering.
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This early illustration reflects the extreme interest and reaction to the massacre by the colonists
Boston, Massachusetts

Site of the Boston Massacre

The American Revolution was galvanized into serious action due to the tragic clash with British soldiers that occurred at this location.
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