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An aerial view of Upheaval Dome
Moab, Utah

Upheaval Dome

This raised bulls-eye visible from space was the subject of an intense geologic controversy.
38.4369, -109.9292
The Sego hotel skylight
Thompson, Utah

Sego, Utah

A ghost town that held steady longer than most, but finally gave up the ghost.
39.0331, -109.7031
Manitou Springs Penny Arcade
Manitou Springs, Colorado

Manitou Springs Penny Arcade

While most of the games in this arcade take quarters, that would have been a small fortune when they were made.
38.8589, -104.9180
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods

Strange red rock formations that have been attributed to a higher power for hundreds of years.
38.8784, -104.8698
Fifty-Two 80's
Denver, Colorado

Fifty-Two 80's

This modern antique shop is a museum for 80s Saturday morning cartoon culture.
39.6827, -104.9875
The Minister's Tree House
Crossville, Tennessee

Minister's Tree House

Treehouse built because of divine inspiration.
35.9821, -84.9966
Fall Creek Falls State Park. (Wikimedia Commons)
Pikeville, Tennessee

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Labor provided by Great Depression-era programs restored these 25,000 acres in Tennessee.
35.6565, -85.3500
Fort Pickens
Pensacola Beach, Florida

Fort Pickens

One of the only Florida forts to remain in the hands of the Union all through the Civil War still stands as a historic stronghold.
30.3297, -87.2925
The Oaks
Tuskegee, Alabama

The Oaks

Booker T. Washington's home at the Tuskegee Institute was a gem of splendor.
32.4283, -85.7091
Birmingham, Alabama

Sloss Furnaces

Once one of the largest producers of pig iron in the world.
33.5205, -86.7916
Skeleton of the Yellow Creek Nuclear Reactor
Iuka, Mississippi

Yellow Creek Nuclear Power Plant

Instead of becoming a power plant, this abandoned complex became a massive letdown.
34.9607, -88.2122
The Rosenbaum House, from the rear
Florence, Alabama

Frank Lloyd Wright-Rosenbaum House

This architectural triumph is the only Frank Lloyd Wright house in Alabama.
34.7930, -87.6805
Tunnel at the end of the road
Bryson City, North Carolina

The Road to Nowhere

This road in the Great Smoky Mountains was supposed to assuage a displaced community, but ended up a $58 million dead end.
35.4591, -83.5379
The Mosler safe under construction
Washington, D.C.

National Archives Vault

An atomic bomb-proof strongbox protects the U.S. Constitution from terrorists and thieves.
38.8924, -77.0227
Milledgeville, Georgia

Central State Hospital

One of the largest-ever mental hospitals now sits abandoned, surrounded by 25,000 unmarked graves.
33.0518, -83.2211
Hamer, South Carolina

South of the Border

I-95's Tijuana-style celebration of kitsch at the Carolina border.
34.4992, -79.3082
Dayton, Ohio

The Avrocar

A real flying saucer, contracted by the U.S. Air Force.
39.7822, -84.1077
Old Sheldon Church Ruins
Yemassee, South Carolina

Old Sheldon Church Ruins

Despite being burnt down by multiple generals on the march, the ruins of this South Carolina church are still standing strong.
32.6392, -80.7991
Nuttallburg
Fayetteville, West Virginia

Nuttallburg

Hikers can still stroll beneath the long conveyer of this abandoned mining facility hidden in a West Virginia river gorge.
38.0539, -81.0415
New River Gorge Bridge
Fayetteville, West Virginia

New River Gorge Bridge

One day a year it is legal to jump off of this astoundingly tall bridge that spans an Appalachian gorge.
38.0683, -81.0833
Abandoned Henry River Mill Village
Hildebran, North Carolina

Abandoned Henry River Mill Village

An abandoned village that doubled as "The Hunger Games"' post-apocalyptic wasteland is up for grabs.
35.7140, -81.4220
Sassafras Mountain
Sunset, South Carolina

Sassafras Mountain

The highest point in South Carolina was once owned by an energy company that neglected it but now the state is taking it back.
34.9846, -82.8856
A Tightly-Packed Corridor of Games
Brookfield, Illinois

Galloping Ghost Arcade

What may be America's largest classic video game arcade lurks inconspicuously in a Chicago suburb.
41.8169, -87.8557
Essanay Studios
Chicago, Illinois

Essanay Studios

This landmark of the Chicago silent film industry may not be in the picture business anymore but it still stands proudly.
41.9721, -87.6633