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Blantyre, Malawi

Saint Michael and All Angels Church

This amateur-built East African church with mismatched towers is an architectural abnormality.
Odessa, Texas

Stonehenge Replica

A collection of massive stacked rocks in Texas includes a snarky note on the benefits of modern technology.
San Juan Capistrano, California

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Oldest building in California still in use.
Tijuana, Mexico

El Foro Antiguo Palacio Jai Alai

Tijuana's legendary jai alai or "basque ball" palace is now a massive music venue.
Escondido, California

Elfin Forest

This dark, quiet forest on the outskirts of San Diego is dense with rumor and lore.
San Diego, California

USS Recruit

Not truly a ship nor a building, the Navy's first and last "landship" is now abandoned due to clerical issues.
San Diego, California

San Diego Museum of Us

An extraordinarily ornate museum in San Diego holds wondrous anthropological treasures.
Chula Vista, California

Lower Otay Reservoir

The American rainmaker and a burst dam.
Carlsbad, California

The Flower Fields

Stripes of flowers bloom each spring in a 50 acre rainbow of color.
Llano, California

Ruins at Llano Del Rio

The remnants of a failed socialist commune can still be found just off a California highway.
California City, California

Lake Shore Inn

Abandoned hotel with adjacent lake and golf course.
Edwards Air Force Base, California

World's Largest Compass Rose

Etched into a dry lake bed, this massive directional indicator is accurate without magnets.
Victorville, California

George Air Force Base

Abandoned Air Force base that has fallen into disrepair.
Hesperia, California

Summit Inn Restaurant

The last Americana on Route 66.
Lucerne Valley, California

King Clone

A ring of creosote bushes that are estimated to be 11,700 years old.
Lucerne Valley, California

Jack O'Landia

This strangely vacant Western amusement seems to be an empty tribute to residents of Lucerne Valley.
Daggett, California

Solar One and Solar Two

Decommissioned experimental solar facilities that pioneered solar energy technology.
Yermo, California

Calico Ghost Town

A desert ghost town—occupied for only 12 years—was once home to more than 500 silver mines.
Newberry Springs, California

Rock-A-Hoola Waterpark

The "Fun Spot of The Desert" is now a haunting ruin acting as a reminder that putting a water park in a desert is a bad idea.
Johannesburg, California

Randsburg

The liveliest ghost town in the state.
Trona, California

Trona Pinnacles

One of the most unusual geological features, recognizable from a dozen hit movies.
Inyo County, California

Ballarat Ghost Town

This old mining town, deep in the California desert, has a year-round population of one.
Death Valley, California

Wildrose Charcoal Kilns

Ten 25-foot-tall, beehive-shaped kilns, abandoned in Death Valley.
Inyo, California

Devils Golf Course Landscape

"Only the devil could play golf here."