Killer Destinations

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Bodie, CA

Bodie, CA

Widely considered California's most famous ghost town, Bodie was founded in 1859 after gold was discovered nearby.
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By Photographersnature (talk · contribs), [1] (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons  

Bodie, CA

Bodie, CA

The outpost of 200 original structures in Bodie makes up the nation's largest unreconstructed ghost town. 960 1280

By DimiCalifornia (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  

Elk Falls, KS

Elk Falls, KS

Once a vibrant town in the Ozarks region, Elk Falls, KS, touts itself as the 'World's Largest Living Ghost Town.'
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KansasTravel.org  

Copper Center, AK

Copper Center, AK

The Kennecott copper mine in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is a living museum offering tours of the rehabbed mines.
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By National Park Service inventory [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  

South Pass City, WY

South Pass City, WY

South Pass City, WY, got its start in 1867, but faded by the 1930s, leaving behind cabins, museums, dance halls and a jail.
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Jack Boucher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  

South Pass City, WY

South Pass City, WY

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, South Pass City, WY, preserves more than 25 historic structures dating back to the 1860s. 960 1280

Jack Boucher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  

St. Elmo, CO

St. Elmo, CO

One of Colorado’s best preserved ghost towns, St. Elmo, CO, was once a prominent location for the mining industry in the 1890s. 960 1280

By Rolf Blauert Dk4hb (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  

St. Elmo, CO

St. Elmo, CO

Many original structures in St. Elmo, CO, have been restored, including a general store that opens from May and October. 960 1280

By Rolf Blauert Dk4hb (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons  

Haunted housing crisis? This pumpkin is on the carving block. 960 1280

Jessica Corter  

Even lovable board-game fixture Mr. Monopoly gets into the Halloween spirit. 960 1280

Nick Sarro  

Careful crossing this cat's path on your way to trick-or-treat. 960 1280

Jessica Corter  

There's no wondering what this KISS pumpkin is supposed to be, but we are curious how they replicated Gene Simmons' tongue. 960 1280

Deborag Shuler Ingram  

This award-winning jack-o-lantern has us hungry for a Big Mac, stat. 960 1280

Deborah Shuler Ingram  

Taking rooting for the home team to a whole new level, this pumpkin celebrates Halloween and the Atlanta Braves. 960 1280

Deborah Shuler Ingram  

Night owls will appreciate this artistic carving -- pun intended. 960 1280

Jessica Corter  

For a double dose of creepy, feast your eyes on Beetlejuice as the snake. 960 1280

Megan Long-Surma  

We'd be proud to display these creepy carvings on our doorstep. 960 1280

Elizabeth Halverson  

We're pretty sure that's a friendly ghost … not so sure about the wolf. 960 1280

Megan Long-Surma  

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Perhaps the most well-known gargoyles in the world hover on Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Technically known as grotesques (true gargoyles have waterspouts as mouths), these monstrous creatures glare ominously down on the City of Light. 960 1280

Moyan Breen, flickr  

Ulmer Munster, Ulm, Germany

Ulmer Munster, Ulm, Germany

Ulmer Munster’s steeple is the highest church steeple in the world, soaring 530 feet high. Dominating the skyline in Ulm, Germany, the church’s steeple is adorned with Gothic-inspired gargoyles, designed to ward off evil spirits. 960 1280

zemistor, flickr  

Duomo di Milano, Milan

Duomo di Milano, Milan

The largest Gothic cathedral in the world, Duomo di Milano is one of Europe’s most impressive architectural wonders. For the hale and hearty, climb the 170 stairs to the roof for a closer look at the Gothic gargoyles. 960 1280

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National Cathedral, Washington, DC

National Cathedral, Washington, DC

Washington National Cathedral’s English Gothic architecture is adorned with gargoyles. More modern in look, these gargoyles (including one famous Darth Vader!) were carved over the last 50 years, with designs determined by their donors and artists. 960 1280

dctim1, flickr  

Eastern State Penitentiary, PA

Eastern State Penitentiary, PA

Two gargoyles, Frank and Carson, are perched atop Eastern State Penitentiary in Pennsylvania. The 2 were added in 2005 to ward off the evil spirits of some of the world’s most notorious criminals who are believed to still roam the crumbling cellblocks. 960 1280

Vincet Brown, flickr  

Merton Chapel College, Oxford

Merton Chapel College, Oxford

Gargoyles peer down from the chapel roof of Merton College, one of the oldest colleges in Oxford, England. 960 1280

bronndave, flickr   

Dragon Bridge, Slovenia

Dragon Bridge, Slovenia

Dragon statues guard Ljubljana’s Dragon Bridge, known by locals as the "mother-in-law" bridge due its forbidding and fiery guard. Dragons are seen throughout the capital city, as its patron saint St. George slayed dragons, according to Catholic legend. 960 1280

Michael Daines, flickr  

Chrysler Building, NYC

Chrysler Building, NYC

Manhattan’s iconic skyscraper, Chrysler Building, was originally designed as the automobile maker’s headquarters in the late 1920s. Architectural details, such as the building's gargoyles, were modeled after Chrysler automobile products, such as the Plymouth hood ornaments. 960 1280

Chibcha, flickr  

Westminster Abbey, London

Westminster Abbey, London

The grotesques that hover on London’s Westminster Abbey are true gargoyles, with waterspouts for mouths. They’re also a creepy counterpoint to the statues of saints also on the church’s exterior. 960 1280

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Puente del Reino, Valencia

Puente del Reino, Valencia

Four gruesome, Gothic-inspired gargoyles stand guard at the Bridge of the Kingdom in Valencia, Spain. 960 1280

Eduardo Ales, flickr  

Eikan-do, Japan

Eikan-do, Japan

The highly ornate Japanese architectural ornament “onigawara” literally means “demon tiles.” Like Western stone grotesques, they were traditionally believed to ward off evil 960 1280

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Batalh, Portugal

Batalh, Portugal

The Monastery of Batalha in Portugal is an impressive work of Gothic architecture, adorned with monstrous gargoyles and other elaborate carvings. 960 1280

Tintazul, flickr  

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague

Located within the Prague Castle complex, Saint Vitus' Cathedral is an imposing Gothic church that holds the tombs of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman emperors. Beyond being utterly monstrous, the gargoyles nestled on this cathedral have a functional purpose -- they spew rainwater from the building's roof at an angle that keeps it from running down the walls. 960 1280

Aconcagua, flickr  

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