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Salada Tea Doors
Boston, Massachusetts

Salada Tea Doors

The history of the tea trade is told in bas-relief on this historic pair of Boston doors
42.3497, -71.0716
Boston, Massachusetts

North End "Peninsula"

What was once a true peninsula has now been filled in, causing the water to recede and leaving many streetside "waterfronts" and landlocked "islands"
42.3620, -71.0569
Boston, Massachusetts

Ancient Crypt

1100 souls found their resting place in the basement of Old North Church
42.3665, -71.0543
The entryway to the rose garden.
Boston, Massachusetts

Kelleher Rose Garden

Boston's own secret garden, hidden in the heart of the city.
42.3419, -71.0949
Old swivel rails
Fort Washington, Maryland

Fort Washington

This little star fort down the Potomac from Washington, D.C. was once the only defensive fort protecting the capital.
38.7120, -77.0343
Easton, Massachusetts

Borderland State Park Mansion

The sprawling, eccentric estate of Ames and Ames, a brilliant botanist, and a genius inventor and artist
42.0656, -71.1092
"Webster Lake"
Webster, Massachusetts

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg

It's not a typo, now say it five times fast!
42.0409, -71.8438
The world's only Kronosaurus skeleton.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Three prestigious academic collections come together to create a world-class natural history museum
42.3789, -71.1152
Johnny Ro Memorial Park
Leominster, Massachusetts

Johnny Ro Veterans Memorial Park

Funded entirely by volunteers and donors this military memorial features a tank with a comedy line on its barrel
42.5198, -71.7264
Root cellar
Rutland, Massachusetts

Rutland Prison Camp

The ruins of a Massachusetts prison farm can still be found crumbling the woods of a state park
42.4032, -72.0023
Purgatory Chasm
Sutton, Massachusetts

Purgatory Chasm

This evocatively named natural crevasse was created by a torrent of water that smashed right through a granite deposit
42.1363, -71.7178
Scargo Tower
Dennis, Massachusetts

Scargo Tower

This lakeside tower is the third attempt at getting a tourist destination to stick on the spot.
41.7395, -70.1800
Fetal whale skeleton
New Bedford, Massachusetts

The Oozing Whale Skeleton of New Bedford

For 20 years, this whale skeleton has been slowly dripping oil on the floor of the museum where it hangs.
41.6355, -70.9231
The O'Reilly Spite House, aka Cambridge Spite House.
Cambridge, Massachusetts

O'Reilly Spite House

This is the house that spite built.
42.3832, -71.1330
The grade is about 37 degrees
Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Castle Hill Funicular

Built in 1870 at the bridge that connected Buda and Pest, this spectacular incline railway was almost lost forever during World War II.
47.4982, 19.0391
The old Western store
Schroon Lake, New York

Abandoned Frontier Town

This theme park in Upstate New York boomed in the heyday of the Western, but went bust like an old ghost town.
43.9455, -73.7341
Disarmingly charming serial killer Ted Bundy defends himself in court
Burlington, Vermont

Birthplace of Ted Bundy

The looming office building that resides in the spot that serial killer Ted Bundy's birthplace, Elizabeth Lund Home for Unwed Mothers once stood
44.4560, -73.2078
Woodstock Town Crier
Woodstock, Vermont

Woodstock Town Crier

A bygone village occupation lives on via this quaint public chalkboard
43.6252, -72.5187
Anti-Catholic cartoon from Thomas Nast
Boston, Massachusetts

Site of the Bernardine Wiget Boys School

The location of one of the first private Catholic schools in the country, providing a valuable sanctuary during the tumultuous period when Protestant and Catholic students were at odds
42.3656, -71.0543
Student's decorations outside Eliot School
Boston, Massachusetts

Eliot Public School

A school used as a model for public education across the country
42.3663, -71.0535
The Hayden today.
Boston, Massachusetts

Hayden Building

This historic Boston building has gone from personal estate to porn theater and back again
42.3514, -71.0629
Boston, Massachusetts

Rainbow Swash

World's Largest Piece of Copyrighted Artwork
42.3015, -71.0452
The Rose Kennedy Rose Garden
Boston, Massachusetts

Rose Kennedy Rose Garden

An easy-to-miss garden in Boston's North End honors the mother of JFK and others who lost children in WWII.
42.3610, -71.0516
Site of the Boston Tax Riot
Boston, Massachusetts

Site of the Boston Tax Riot

One of the indelible moments of the American Revolution took place at this location.
42.3640, -71.0534