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Falling Star Statue

This elegant statue was built to commemorate the Hodges meteorite, an 8.5-pound chunk of space rock that fell through a woman’s roof and hit her on the hip.

Sylacauga, AL

 
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Boll Weevil Statue

Visit the only monument in the world dedicated to an agricultural pest.

Enterprise, AL

 
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James A. Garfield Monument

Looming over the manicured grounds of Lake View Cemetery is a castle-like structure topped with a cross. This magnificent building is the nation’s first true mausoleum, commemorating the 20th US President, James A. Garfield.

12316 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

 
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Loretto Chapel

Who built the magnificent wooden, spiral staircase in Santa Fe’s Loretto Chapel? The carpenter may have taken the secret to the grave.

207 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501

 
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London Bridge

The 180-year-old London Bridge can be found in Lake Havasu City, a modern desert oasis near Arizona’s western border. Did this monument of old world engineering wind up in this remote desert town by accident?

Lake Havasu City, AZ

 
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Chestnut Hill Baptist Church Cemetery

In this cemetery is a headstone that bears the name of a girl who was just 19 years old when she died: Mercy L. Brown. Her death became the unlikely catalyst for a torrent of hysterical accusations that tore apart her community.

467 Ten Rod Rd
Exeter, RI 02822

 
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Alcatraz

Theodore Cole and Ralph Roe attempted one of the first escapes from Alcatraz, and they may have been successful. They managed to make it to the shore and jumped in the San Francisco Bay, but it’s not known if they survived the swim.

Alcatraz Island
San Francisco, CA

 
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Statue of the Republic

This statue, commemorating the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, reminds passers-by of the exhibition, but also its dark history. During the fair, a man named H.H. Holmes built a “hotel” where he lured young women, and most never came out.

Jackson Park
Chicago, IL

 

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