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Wallace, Idaho

Sierra Silver Mine

It was once used as a classroom to teach mining skills to local high school students.
Wallace, Idaho

Center of the Universe Manhole

The mayor made the declaration in 2004.
Chadron, Nebraska

Nebraska National Forest

America's largest man-made forest was planted in an effort to bring back the past.
Bayard, Nebraska

Chimney Rock

This erect, phallic geological spire wasn't always named so domestically.
Rapid City, South Dakota

Cosmos Mystery Area

A place where the laws of nature seem to have gone completely berserk... but of course haven't.
Keystone, South Dakota

Hall of Records in Mount Rushmore

Hidden behind Lincoln's head is a 70-foot-long chamber containing enamel plates documenting American history, sealed in a teakwood box in a titanium vault.
Keystone, South Dakota

Black Elk Peak

The highest point in South Dakota contains the ashes of Valentine McGillycuudy, the "Holy White Man."
Custer, South Dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial

The world's largest mountain carving could fit all of Mount Rushmore inside it many times over.
Deadwood, South Dakota

Mt. Moriah Cemetery

A cemetery housing wild west legends in South Dakota.
Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Center of the Nation Monument

Yes, this monument is aware that it is about 20 miles away from the actual center of the United States.
Aladdin, Wyoming

Aladdin Coal Tipple

The crumbling structure is a rare surviving relic of the area's bygone mining industry.
Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming

Pronghorn of F.E. Warren Air Force Base

The same security that protects our nukes accidentally protected a gentle herd of antelope.
Golden, Colorado

Sculptured House

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

Julia’s Deck

An ADA accessible trail and deck offering stunning views of Colorado’s Mount of the Holy Cross.
Red Cliff, Colorado

Gilman

Once an unstoppable source of gold and silver, this town came to a grinding stop when the groundwater proved deadly.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Doc Holliday's Grave

Even in death, he's still your huckleberry.
New Castle, Colorado

Vulcan Mine

A coal fire has been burning underground here since 1896.
Parachute, Colorado

Rulison Nuclear Test Site

The site where a nuclear bomb was lowered over 8,000 feet underground and detonated as an experiment in natural gas extraction.
Mack, Colorado

A Trail Through Time

This interpretive path lets you get up close and personal with dinosaur bones.
Three Forks, Montana

Bleu Horses

These giant metal horses graze on a hilltop near the Montana highway.
Worden, Montana

Pompey's Pillar

The last physical evidence of the Lewis and Clark trail is one of their autographs etched into this giant rock.
Anaconda, Montana

Washoe Theater

This tiny movie theater was the last one in the U.S. constructed in the Nuevo Deco architectural style.
Columbia Falls, Montana

Montana Vortex and House of Mystery

A classic mystery spot complete with spots that are said to make you shrink or grow when you stand on them.
St Regis, Montana

St. Regis Trout Museum

Between Missoula and Spokane, a family-owned travel center has an unusual museum in the back.