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The United States of America is full of beautiful historical sites. Each state has many stops that attract visitors all year round. Most likely, we're all familiar with the big-name sites like Mount Rushmore, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial. 


So, let's take a look at historical landmarks throughout the country that are a little less well-known. Some may even surprise you!


Skagway Historic District - Alaska


Skagway Historic District and White Pass is a National Historic Landmark District in Alaska. It includes a large area within the United States that is associated with the Klondike Gold Rush. The district includes the historic portion of Skagway, Alaska, and the entire area of the 1897 town. This historic district is included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


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Fragments of three historic routes used during the Gold Rush are included in this historic site, as is the route of the White Pass and Yukon Railroad. Today, almost 100 buildings are still intact from the Gold Rush period. Some parts of the district are preserved as part of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.


Horton Mill Covered Bridge - Alabama


This state-owned wooden covered bridge spans the Calvert Prong of the Little Warrior River in Blount County, Alabama. It sits about five miles north of the city of Oneonta. This 220 footbridge was built in 1934 and is a Town Lattice truss construction over two spans. On December 29th, 1970 it was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


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While the construction of the current Horton Mill bridge began in 1934, the construction of the original began in 1894. The original was built at the foot of Sand Mountain which is about 3/4 of a mile downstream from the current bridge. Thurman M. Horton helped to build the bridge, so it was named after his business. The bridge allowed residents better access to the city of Oneonta, as well as Horton's general store. Both were located along the east side of the Calvert Prong. The current bridge was constructed over a deep gorge cut by the river. Led by Talmedge Horton, a family descendant of Thurman Horton, the current bridge took 15 men and a year and a half to build. In 1974, the bridge was fully restored by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Blount County Commission.


Hubbell Trading Post - Arizona


The Hubbell Trading Post is a national historic site on Highway 191, north of Chambers. It is considered to be a meeting ground between two cultures of the Navajo and settlers who arrived in the area for trade. John Lorenzo Hubbell purchased this trading post in 1878, ten years after the Navajo people had permission to return to the Ganado region. This followed their U.S.-imposed exile in Bosque Redondo, Fort Sumner, New Mexico.


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This event ended what was known as the "Long Walk of the Navajo". In 1960, the site was declared a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Fort Smith National Historic Site - Arkansas


Located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, along the Arkansas River, rests the Fort Smith National Historic Site. It was first established by the United States in 1817, which came before the area was established as part of the Indian Territory. Later, it was replaced and the second fort was operated by the United 
States until 1871.



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This historic fort was the first of the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. In 1961, the site was designated as a National Historic Landmark and remains a popular tourist attraction today.


Columbia State Historic Park - California


Also known as Columbia Historic District, Columbia State Historic Park is an area consisting of over 30 buildings built during the California Gold Rush. The majority of these buildings remain today. In 1945, the site was proclaimed a State Historic Park. The restored buildings are operated as a working open-air museum. 


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Shops and activities include a handmade candy store, a Daguerreotype studio, stagecoach rides, and much more. Formerly known as the Cavalier Museum, the Columbia Museum is located in the Knapp building. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961 and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site - Colorado


Built in 1833, Bent's Old Fort is located in Otero County in southeastern Colorado. A business owned by Charles and William Bent and Ceran St. Vrain constructed this fort for trade between the Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho Plains Indians and trappers for buffalo robes.


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The fort was the only major white American permanent settlement on the Santa Fe Trail for much of its 16-year history. The fort was destroyed in 1849 but has since been reconstructed. On June 3rd, 1960, the area was designated a National Historic Site under the National Park Service. Later that year on December 19th, the site was designated a National Historic Landmark. 


Mark Twain House - Connecticut 


The Mark Twain House and Museum is located in Hartford, Connecticut, and was home to Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. Designed by Edward Tuckerman Potter and built in the American Gothic Style, Clemens wrote many of his famous works while living there. These works include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Tramp Abroad, Life on the Mississippi, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.


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Due to poor financial investments, the Clemens family moved to Europe in 1891. Later, the building was used as a school, apartment building, and a public library branch. It was saved from possible demolition in 1929 and put under the care of the newly formed non-profit group, Mark Twain Memorial. In 1962, it was declared as a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Lightship Overfalls - Delaware 


Lightship Overfalls (LV-118) (later renumbered as WAL-539) was the final lightvessel built for the United States Lighthouse Service before the Service became part of the United States Coast Guard. It launched on June 4th, 1938, and is currently located in Lewes, Delaware as a museum ship.


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After the United States lightship, LV-44 was badly damaged in the New England Hurricane of 1938, this lightship was built to replace it. Modeled after LV-44, the ship is a single-class ship. In 1989, this lightship was added to the National Register of Historic Places and in 2011 was further named a National Historic Landmark.


Old Citrus County Courthouse - Florida


The Old Citrus County Courthouse is a historic site in Inverness, Florida that was constructed in 1912. The building was designed by Willis R. Biggers and J. R. MacEachron.


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The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum opened inside the building in 2000. It is currently operated by the Citrus County Historical Society. People are welcome to visit and learn about local county history. In 2000, the second floor of the building was restored to its original appearance. In 1961, the courtroom was a location for scenes from the movie Follow That Dream, starring Elvis Presley. The Old Citrus County Courthouse was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on April 17th, 1992.


Etowah Indian Mounds - Georgia 


This 54-acre archaeological site in Bartow County, Georgia south of Cartersville, is known as the Etowah Indian Mounds. The site was constructed and occupied in three phases from 1000–1550 AD. The prehistoric site is a designated National Historic Landmark and managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites have said it is "the most intact Mississippian culture site in the Southeast ".


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Muscogee Creek and Cherokee people both occupied the site at various times, and consider it a sacred place. Studies of the late 20th century show that the mounds were made and occupied by prehistoric indigenous peoples of the South Appalachian Mississippian culture. On October 15th, 1966, the site was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Aloha Tower - Hawaii


The Aloha Tower is a big tourist attraction and historical landmark located on Pier Nine in Honolulu. It is a retired lighthouse that has guided countless ships to shore. When it was built for a price of $160,000 in 1926, the cost was considered to be astronomical. Standing at 10 stories and 184 feet of height with an additional 40 feet of flag mast, the Aloha Tower held the title of the tallest building in the state for four decades.


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Similar to the Statue Of Liberty in New York City, the Aloha tower greeted hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year in Honolulu. Coast Guardsmen from the USCGC Taney (WHEC-37) were ordered to protect the Aloha Tower from occupancy when the attack on Pearl Harbor took place on December 7th, 1941. At night, the Aloha Tower was painted camouflage to make it "disappear". The Aloha Tower is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Nampa Depot - Idaho


Designed by Frederick W. Clarke, the Nampa Depot is a former passenger station on the Oregon Short Line Railroad. It is a 1-story, brick, and sandstone depot. Arthur A. Hart, director of the Idaho State Historical Museum, described the Depot in 1972 as  "an interesting eclectic combination of Romanesque, Renaissance, and Baroque elements, with the latter dominating. A massive central block of French Renaissance form is flanked by two advancing Baroque bays that bulge dramatically forward."


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Not long after Nampa was founded, a wood frame railway station was opened in 1887. It was the connector for the Oregon Short Line Railroad and the Idaho Central Railway. This soon became insufficient due to Nampa's heavy passenger and freight traffic. In 1902, a new station was planned, and in 1903 it was built. This new station would become known as the Nampa Depot. The Nampa Depot operated until 1927 when another station was built. It then went on to serve as offices for railroad employees and became the Nampa headquarters for the Canyon County Historical Society in 1973. In 1972, the site was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Rock Island Arsenal - Illinois


Located on Arsenal Island, originally known as Rock Island, rests the Rock Island Arsenal. The site is on the Mississippi River between the cities of Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois. The building is home to the First Army headquarters and the United States Army's Center of Excellence for Additive Manufacturing. The island was first established as a government site in 1816 with the building of Fort Armstrong. Today, it is the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in America.


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It remains in service today and has been working since it was built in 1962. It is currently controlled by the United States Army. Rock Island Arsenal is a United States Historic Landmark and has been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Soldiers and Sailors Monument - Indiana 


The Indiana State Soldiers and Sailors Monument stands at 284 ft., 6 in. tall in the center of Monument Circle, in Indianapolis, Indiana. It has become an iconic symbol since its public dedication on May 15th, 1902. On February 13th, 1973, the monument was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It was also included in an expansion of the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza National Historic Landmark District in December 2016.


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The Soldiers and Sailors Monument was designed by German architect Bruno Schmitz. It was built over a thirteen-year period, between 1888 and 1901. While its first purpose was to honor Hoosiers who were veterans of the American Civil War, it is also a tribute to Indiana soldiers who served during the American Revolutionary War,  territorial conflicts that led to the Spanish–American War, the Mexican–American War, and the War of 1812. This is the first monument in America that is dedicated to the common soldier. 


Herbert Hoover National Historic Site - Iowa


Located in West Branch, Iowa, the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System. The National Park System manages the buildings and grounds to commemorate the 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. Herbert Hoover was born in this small cottage in 1874. 


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Following Hoover's nomination to the presidency in 1928, the birth cottage fell into private hands and became a tourist destination. In 1965, the grounds were named National Historic Landmark and now encompass 186.8 acres. The site is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site - Kansas


The Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site commemorates the Battle of Mine Creek in the American Civil War. This was one of the largest Calvary battles in the Civil War, and the only major battle that was fought in Kansas.


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Following this battle, Federal forces defeated Confederates in Missouri as they tried to return to Arkansas, the Indian Territory (Oklahoma), and Texas. In 1973, the battlefield was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park - Kentucky


The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park preserves two separate farm sites where Abraham Lincoln was born and raised in LaRue County, Kentucky. The site is a designated U.S. historic park. Lincoln was born at the Sinking Spring site south of Hodgenville where he remained until the age of two. His family then moved to the Knob Creek Farm northeast of Hodgenville, where he lived until he was at least seven years old. The park has a visitor center that is located at the Sinking Spring site.


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On February 12th, 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin on the Sinking Spring Farm. The address of the site today is 2995 Lincoln Farm Road, Hodgenville, Kentucky. There is a cabin that is symbolic of the one Lincoln was born in, which is preserved within a 1911 neoclassical memorial building. Also located on the property is a privately owned Nancy Lincoln Inn. The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park is currently listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Edward Douglass White House - Louisiana 


The Edward Douglass White House is a historic site near Thibodaux, Louisiana. Also known as the Edward Douglass White Louisiana State Commemorative Area, it has been added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is an official U.S. National Historic Landmark. This site was home to Edward Douglass White, Sr., the tenth governor of the state of Louisiana, as well as his son, Edward Douglass White, who was a U.S. senator and a Chief Justice of the United States.


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Due to the latter White's role in the 7-1 majority ruling on Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), the house was designated a National Historic Landmark. The ruling was a landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. This ruling upheld the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities. This doctrine became known as "separate but equal".


Fort Kent - Maine


Located in Fort Kent, Maine, the Fort Kent State Historic Site is a Maine state park. Following the 1783 Treaty of Paris, the boundary between Maine and New Brunswick steadily remained a subject of disagreement. Maine and New Brunswick both pressed the area to signify their claims, but this only raised tensions higher in the 1820s.


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Named for Governor Edward Kent, construction of Fort Kent began in 1838. It was just one of many forts built by the state along the southern banks of the Saint John River. Today, it remains the only original one that is still surviving. When a U.S. government agent in New Brunswick was arrested in 1839, it prompted Congress to authorize 50,000 federal troops for assignment in northern Maine. The fort was made larger at the time to accommodate barracks for officers' quarters and other buildings. Eventually, tensions were alleviated and American troops remained at the fort until 1845. Fort Kent is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. 


B&O Railroad Museum - Maryland


The B&O Railroad Museum is a museum in Baltimore, Maryland that features historic railroad equipment. When it first opened on July 4th, 1953, it was originally named the Baltimore & Ohio Transportation Museum. The museum holds the largest collection of 19th-century locomotives in the United States and has been called one of the most significant collections of railroad treasures in the world.


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On May 22nd, 1830, the inaugural horse-drawn B&O train traveled thirteen miles of the newly made track from Mount Clare to Ellicott Mills, now known as Ellicott City, Maryland. This was the first regular railroad passenger service in America. In 1851, the current Mount Clare station brick structure was made. In 1884, the adjacent roundhouse designed by Ephraim Francis Baldwin was built to service the B&O's passenger cars. The site was dedicated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark on September 15th, 1961, and added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on October 15th, 1966.


Salem Maritime National Historic Site- Massachusetts 


The Salem Maritime National Historic Site is a National Historic Site along the waterfront of Salem Harbor in Salem, Massachusetts. It contains 12 historic structures and one replica tall-ship. The site is the first established National Historic site in the United States. (March 17th, 1938). It features the Triangle Trade during the colonial period involving rum, cotton, sugar, and slaves, privateers during the American Revolution, and global maritime trade with the Far East following independence. 


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National Historic Site and a Regional Visitor Center in downtown Salem are both managed by the National Park Service, which is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior.


Hughes House - Michigan


The Hughes House is located in Elk Rapids, Michigan. It was built in 1867 by a local carpenter as a guest house for those traveling through Elk Rapids via stagecoach or steamboat. The house is a well-preserved example of vernacular architecture.


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John and Martha Hughes purchased the house in 1877 and operated until 1898 when their daughter, Alice Hughes Butler, inherited the house. Alice added the veranda and remodeled the interior of the house as a family dwelling. In 1975 the house was designated as a Michigan State Historic Site and in 1976 was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Sibley Historic Site - Minnesota


The Sibley Historic Site is the site of Henry Hastings Sibley's home located in Mendota, Minnesota. Sibley was the regional manager of the American Fur and the first Governor of Minnesota. The site is 1 of 26 that is operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.


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Three of the buildings on the site are open for tourism. Of those buildings, a fur company cold store from 1843 and the 1840 home of fur trader and hotelier Jean-Baptiste Faribault are included. This site is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Vicksburg National Military Park - Mississippi


The Vicksburg National Military Park is located in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and preserves the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg that took place from March 29th to July 4th, 1863. It also commemorates the event that led up to the battle, the greater Vicksburg Campaign. The forts and trenches within the park represent the memories of the 47-day siege, ending in the surrender of the city. The Union gained control of the Mississippi River after victory at this location and further south in Louisiana.


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The Vicksburg National Military Park contains 1,325 historic monuments and markers, a 16-mile tour road, 20 miles of historic trenches and earthworks, a 12.5-mile walking trail, 144 emplaced cannons, the restored gunboat USS Cairo, two antebellum homes, and the Grant's Canal site, where the Union tried to construct a canal that would allow their ships to bypass Confederate artillery fire. The site is named a U.S. National Military Park and was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Anheuser Busch Brewery - Missouri


The Anheuser Busch Brewery was opened in 1852 by German immigrant Adolphus Busch. It is open to visitors for free tours. Those of legal age can enjoy two complimentary glasses of any Anheuser-Busch product in the Hospitality Room after the tour.


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A rotation of the company's famous Budweiser Clydesdales is kept at its headquarters. Visitors can view the Clydesdales in the exercise field and also see their spots in the carriage house. In 1966, the brewery was designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark due to its importance in America's history of beer and brewing. 189 structures are spread over 142 acres.


Virginia City Historic District - Montana


The Virginia City Historic District encompasses Virginia City, Montana. The district was designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 1966 and includes over two hundred nineteenth-century buildings that represent the place of a major gold strike, as well as the capital of Montana for a decade.


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In the wake of a major gold find in Alder Gulch, Virginia City was founded in the early 1860s. It started growing rapidly due to the influx of gold seekers and expanded on a large scale by 1865. Its new size and prosperity made it the capital of the Montana Territory. The city was the only one to survive the later mining decline and had a population of 10,000 by 1865. The historic site is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


USS Hazard (AM-240) - Nebraska


This  Admirable-class minesweeper served the United States Navy during World War II and is known as the USS Hazard (AM-240). It was first launched on October 1st, 1944, and was commissioned on December 30th, 1944. It was made by the Winslow Marine Railway and Shipbuilding Company of Winslow, Washington. The ship could also be used as an anti-submarine warfare platform.


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When the war ended, the ship cleared the seas off of Korea and Japan for occupational forces. Hazard was decommissioned on July 27th, 1946. It is the only Admirable-class minesweeper left in the United States and listed as a National Historic Landmark, as well as on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Fort Churchill State Historic Park - Nevada


Fort Churchill State Historic Park is a state park of Nevada that preserves the remains of a United States Army fort and a waystation on the Pony Express and Central Overland Routes, both of which date back to the 1860s.


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The state of Nevada took control of the park's 200 acres on October 6th, 1932, but deeded the property to a local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution two years later. The fort ruins were partially restored with the help of the National Park Service. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the current visitor center. The site is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.


Mount Washington Cog Railway - New Hampshire


The Mount Washington Cog Railway, also known as the Cog, is located in Coos County, New Hampshire. It is the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway (rack-and-pinion railway). The railway is still working and climbs Mount Washington. Tourists are carried to the top using a Marsh rack system and both steam and biodiesel-powered locomotives.


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The track is the second steepest rack railway in the world, right after the Pilatus Railway in Switzerland. It is about three miles long and ascends the western slope of Mount Washington. Since its opening in 1868, it has remained in operation and is a large tourist attraction.  


Red Bank Battlefield - New Jersey


Red Bank Battlefield is located in National Park, Gloucester County, New Jersey. It is located along the Delaware River and visitors can see the Philadelphia skyline from its grounds. The site is the location of the Battle Of Red Bank during the American Revolutionary War on October 22nd, 1777. Two Pennsylvania forts, Fort Mercer and its sister, Fort Mifflin, defended the river and prevented British troops from using it as a means of transportation. The British were successfully delayed, however, both forts were destroyed or abandoned in the end.


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The James and Ann Whitall House is the central feature of the park. The house acted as a hospital for some of the men that were wounded in the battle. The house took damage from the battle but still remains standing and open to visitors. Ann Whitall decided to remain in the house throughout the fight and continued to care for wounded soldiers. Because of her actions, she earned the title "Heroine of Red Bank". Red Bank Battlefield is listed as a National Historic Landmark and is on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places, as well as the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Lincoln Historic District - New Mexico


This historic district encompasses the community of Lincoln, New Mexico. It contains 48 structures, some of which privately held. The area spans 12 miles east of Capitan and 57 miles west of Roswell along U.S. Route 380. In 1966, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


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The Lincoln County War took place from 1878-1881 and the town looks much like it did then. Characters like Billy the Kid, John Chisum, and Lawrence Murphy were all known to frequent the streets. Lincoln is the location of Billy the Kid's famous escape in April of 1881. After being sentenced to death by hanging, Billy the Kid got hold of a six-shooter and killed the two deputies that were guarding him at the Old Lincoln County Courthouse. Today, the area is a New Mexico Historic Site.


Bethel Woods Center For The Arts - New York


Bethel Woods Center For The Arts is located in Bethel, New York, and is the original site of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival held from August 15th, 1969 to August 18th, 1969. Many assume the Woodstock Festival was held in Woodstock, New York, but due to some issues leading up to the event, it was actually held at this location in Bethel. Woodstock was one of the most iconic events of the hippie era, and is still talked about and celebrated to this day.


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Bethel Woods Center For The Arts was opened on July 4th, 2006, and features a museum with Woodstock memorabilia, walking trails, and a large outdoor amphitheater. Musical acts still take the stage and perform for guests. In the summer of 2019, the site hosted a concert called "Mountain Jam" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Willie Nelson was the headliner, and the event featured hippie style vendors and an overall 1960's atmosphere. 


Bentonville Battlefield - North Carolina


Bentonville Battlefield, located in Johnston County, North Carolina, is a historical site that belongs to the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It is the site of the 1865 Battle of Bentonville.


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The Battle of Bentonville was fought in the waning days of the American Civil War and the site remains a high tourist attraction. The visitor center is positioned at the junction of Harper House Road and Mill Creek Church Road. On June 19th, 1996, it was designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark and on February 26th, 1970, it was named added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North Dakota


Theodore Roosevelt National Park is an American national park in western North Dakota. It encompasses three geographically separated areas of the badlands. It covers 70,446 acres of land in three different sections, the North Unit, the South Unit, and the Elkhorn Ranch Unit. The national park was named for United States President Theodore Roosevelt.


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In September of 1883, Roosevelt first arrived in the badlands to hunt bison. During his short trip, he got his bison and fell in love with the area and rugged lifestyle. He was said to also have loved the "perfect freedom" of the West. Roosevelt invested $14,000 into the Maltese Cross Ranch, managed at the time by Sylvane Ferris and Bill Merrifield. When both his wife and mother passed on February 14th, 1884, he returned to the North Dakota ranch to find solitude and heal. That following summer, Roosevelt started his second ranch, named the Elkhorn Ranch. Three major self-written works were the outcome of his time in the West, "Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, Hunting Trips of a Ranchman and The Wilderness Hunter". Living "the strenuous life" outdoors ultimately influenced his pursuit of conservation policies as President of the United States.


Blaine Hill "S" Bridge - Ohio


The Blaine Hill "S" Bridge sits over Wheeling Creek, a tributary of the Ohio River. The bridge was constructed in Belmont County, Ohio in 1826, and is the oldest standing bridge in the state.


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In 2003, the bridge was designated the Ohio Bicentennial Bridge. Seven years later in 2010, the bridge was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It currently still transports travelers and is a popular photo location. 


Pioneer Woman - Oklahoma


This bronze sculpture in Ponca City, Oklahoma, was designed by Bryant Baker and dedicated on April 22nd, 1930. The Pioneer Woman statue shows a sun bonneted woman leading a child by the hand. Millionaire oilman E.W. Marland donated the statue to the state of Oklahoma. 


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Marland commissioned models from twelve well-known sculptors along with financing a nationwide tour. He did so all to get feedback from the general public and art critics to help him decide which to use for the final statue. This statue is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Fort Rock Cave - Oregon


Before the excavation of Paisley Caves, Fort Rock Cave was the site of the first known evidence of human habitation in the US state of Oregon. The cave features multiple well-preserved sagebrush sandals, all ranging from 9,000 to 13,000 years old. The cave was found on Reub Long's ranch and was previously known as Menkenmaier Cave and Cow Cave.


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Fort Rock Cave was designated as a National Historic Landmark on January 20th, 1961, and was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on October 15th, 1966.


Longwood Gardens - Pennsylvania


Longwood Gardens is a highly visited attraction in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. It is an American botanical garden and features gardens, woodlands, and meadows over 1,077 acres. The site is open to visitors year-round and is one of the premier horticultural display gardens in the United States.


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There is evidence of the native Lenni Lenape tribe all around the gardens. One example would be the quartz spear points that were discovered around the property and are now on display in the Peirce-du Pont House. George Pierce, a Quaker farmer, purchased 402 acres of the English-claimed land from William Penn’s commissioners in the year 1700. In 1730, Pierce's son Joshua cleared and farmed the land. He went on to build a brick farmhouse that is still standing today. On December 10th, 1972, Longwood Gardens was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Roger Williams Park Zoo - Rhode Island


Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to more than 150 animals from around the world in natural settings. In 1986, the zoo became the first in New England to earn accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The zoo was founded in 1872 and is the fifth oldest zoo in the United States.


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When the Roger Williams Park Zoo first opened in 1872, it had only a limited collection of small animals. In 1890, the zoo's first building, the Menagerie, was opened. By the 1900s, the facility was spreading to the entire park. Animals such as monkeys, hoofstock, bears, and big cats were featured. Today, the zoo has added many more areas and animals and is open to visitors.


Musgrove Mill State Historic Site - South Carolina


On August 19th, 1780, the Battle of Musgrove Hill took place as an act of the American Revolutionary War. Musgrove Mill State Historic Site is the location where that battle took place and is a high tourist location. This battle took place near the Enoree River, on what is now the border between Spartanburg, Laurens, and Union Counties in South Carolina.


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In August of 1780, 200 Patriot militiamen attempted to strike Loyalists, of what they thought was an equal number. However, the Loyalists had recently been joined by what was around 300 more. 200 of them were provincial regulars from the British post at Ninety Six. The Patriots were not able to retreat or make a frontal assault, so they positioned themselves behind logs and brush on a bridge found nearby. From there, they lured the Loyalists into attacking them. Musgrove Mill State Historic Site is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Crazy Horse Memorial - South Dakota


The Crazy Horse Memorial will depict the Oglala Lakota warrior, nicknamed Crazy Horse. The memorial's construction was started in 1948 and is still ongoing. Once completed, it will feature Crazy Horse riding a horse and pointing to his tribal land. While the monument is still far from completion, it will be the world's second tallest statue, after the Statue of Unity, if completed as designed.


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The memorial is dedicated to Crazy Horse, a Native American war leader of the Oglala Lakota, who fought against the U.S. Federal government to prevent encroachment on the land and way of life of the Lakota people. There is no predicted time when the memorial will be finished, but officials still work on it to date.


Montgomery Bell Tunnel - Tennessee


Also known as the Patterson Forge Tunnel, the Montgomery Bell Tunnel is believed to be the first full-size tunnel built in America. The tunnel was the first to divert water for industrial purposes.


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Montgomery Bell Tunnel is 290 feet long and dug entirely through limestone rock. Montgomery Bell was an entrepreneur from Pennsylvania who was involved in iron foundries in central Tennessee. Bell purchased the land in the area of the tunnel in 1818. He saw the potential to apply water power to the process of producing wrought iron. After realizing this, he directed the construction of the tunnel. In 1981, the tunnel was designated as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark, and in 1994 it was designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark. It is also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Fort Worth Stockyards - Texas


Located north of the central business district in Fort Worth, Texas, the Fort Worth Stockyards is a historic district. This 98-acre portion of the district holds a former livestock market that was operated under various owners from 1866. When railroads arrived in 1876, the area became a very important livestock center.


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On January 19th, 1890, the Fort Worth Union Stockyards opened for business. Fort Worth Dressed Meat and Packing Company was founded just under a month later on February 7th. Fast forward to the 1950s, and the location remained an important part of the cattle industry. The Fort Worth Stockyards was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1976.


Desolation Canyon - Utah


This beautiful site is a U.S. National Historic Landmark located on the Green River in eastern Utah. Over the last thousands of years, many groups of people have inhabited the land and left their traits behind. Fremont and Ute pictographs and petroglyphs are abundant in the canyon, as well as its many tributary canyons. In an 1869 expedition sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, John Wesley Powell traversed the canyon.


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The canyon has been called one of the remotest areas in the contiguous United States, hence part of the reason it was named Desolation Canyon. Desolation Canyon was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on November 24th, 1968.


Chester Alan Arthur State Historic Site - Vermont


The President Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site honors the 21st President Chester A. Arthur and is located in Fairfield, Vermont. President Arthur was born in Vermont in 1829, and the site contains a replica of the early 19th century home he was born in. The replica was constructed in 1953 using an old photograph as a guide.


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A granite monument was dedicated on the spot where he was believed to have been born. Not far from the Chester Alan Arthur State Historic Site, visitors can also tour the Fairfield Baptist Church, where Arthur's father served as a preacher. Today, the house is open to the public for tours on the weekends from July to mid-October.


Stratford Hall - Virginia


Stratford Hall is a historic house museum. It is located near Lerty in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The home was a plantation house for four generations of the Lee family of Virginia, whose descendants later expanded to Maryland and other states.


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Stratford Hall is the childhood home of two of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Francis Lightfoot Lee, and Richard Henry Lee. Additionally, General-in-Chief of the Confederate States Army, Robert Edward Lee, was born in this home. In 1960, Stratford Hall was designated as a National Historic Landmark under the care of the National Park Service in the U.S. Department of the Interior. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on October 15th, 1966.


Panama Hotel - Washington


The Panama Hotel was built in Seattle, Washington in 1910. It was built by the first Japanese architect in Seattle, Sabro Ozasa. The building contains the last remaining Japanese bathhouse in the country.


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The Panama Hotel was extremely important to the Japanese community, as it housed restaurants, businesses, a bathhouse, and sleeping quarters for residents and visitors. The Panama Hotel has been owned by Jan Johnson since 1985. It is a U.S. National Historic Landmark and also listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum - West Virginia


The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum was constructed from 1858-1881 and is located on Asylum Drive in Weston, West Virginia. The hospital operated from 1864-1994 but was still partially under construction upon opening to patients. In 1913, it was renamed the Weston State Hospital. Baltimore architect Richard Snowden Andrews designed this American Gothic style hospital and it was originally made to hold 250 people.


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During the 1950s, the hospital became overcrowded with about 2,400 patients. It was forcibly shut down in 1994 because of the changes in patient treatment. In 2007, the hospital was bought by Joe Jordan and was opened to the public for tours to raise money for its restoration. The hospital was changed back to its original name of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum when it was reopened as a tourist attraction. The building is said to be one of the largest hand-cut stone masonry buildings in the country and the second-largest hand-cut sandstone building in the entire world. It is designated as a U.S. National Historic Landmark and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Milton House - Wisconsin 


This historic hotel is located at 18 South Janesville Street in Milton, Wisconsin. It is best known for being a stop on the underground railroad, which helped individuals escape slavery. It is also believed to be the first grout building built in the United States and known for its hexagonal shape.


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Due to its location, the hotel was a convenient stop for those trying to make it to Canada by boat to escape slavery. Today, the Milton House is the most prominent abolitionist site still standing in Wisconsin. In 1998, it was declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark and in 1972 it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.


Grand Prismatic Spring - Wyoming


This gorgeous spring is located in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. It is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third-largest in the entire world. Geologists working in the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871 took notice of this spring, and it was named by them for its eye-catching coloration. 


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The first documented history of the spring is from early European explorers and surveyors. A group of four trappers from the American Fur Company crossed the Midway Geyser Basin in 1839 and caught a glimpse of a "boiling lake" which was most likely the Grand Prismatic Spring. Today, it remains a large tourist attraction.
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