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The Haunted Moonville Tunnel

In southeastern Ohio deep in the Zaleski State Forest. the Moonville Tunnel cuts through a steep hill.  In 1856, Samuel Coe owned the property where the tunnel now stands. He gave the Marietta and Cincinnati (M&C) Railroad permission to run a railroad line across his property. The village of Moonville sprang up near the tunnel.

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The Concrete Bow

This concrete bow section stands in Centennial Park in Nashville Tennessee. The park is mostly known for the Parthenon this odd looking structure with its ornate bronze adornments stands in a corner of the park and seems to be forgotten. In 1909 the bronze figurehead was displayed at the Worlds Fair in Seattle. It was a

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The Sorg Mansion

Between Dayton and Cincinnati is the town of Middleton. There you will find a massive Richard Romanesque style stone mansion that looks like a castle. Known as the Sorg Mansion, it was built by Paul J. Sorg. Born in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1840. After serving in the Civil War, he partnered with John Auer

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The Drain House

This Queen Anne style home stands in the town of Drain Oregon. It was completed in 1895 and took about two years to construct. The home was built for Charles D. Drain Jr. the youngest son of Charles Drain. The elder Drain was a prominent politician on Oregon and sold property to the railroad to

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Ruins of the Goddard Mansion

The ruins of this abandoned mansion stand along the coast of Maine near Portland.  It stood near Fort Williams and was built in 1853 for Colonel John Goddard. In 1900, during the expansion of Fort Williams, it was acquired by the federal government and eventually converted it to quarters for noncommissioned officers. Fort Williams was

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A Vertical Factory

This tall structure in Baltimore looks like a chimney for an old factory. Surprisingly, the tower was the factory. It was a shot tower for making lead shot for shotguns. Molten lead would be poured through a screen and the drops of metal would fall down into a vat of cold water at the bottom.

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The Crystal Mill

The Crystal Mill sits along the Crystal River in Colorado. It was built in 1892, and although it is now called a mill it was actually built as a powerhouse. The fast moving river would turn turbines for air compressors to run pneumatic drills for the nearby Sheep Mountain Mine. The mine closed in 1917

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A Grand Victorian Haunted House in Phoenix

The American southwest architecture is mostly known for tan adobe walls and brown tile roofs. Standing in the heart of Phoenix Arizona is a brick Queen Ann Victorian house. It was constructed in 1895 by Dr. Roland Lee Rosson and his wife Flora. The Rosson family only lived in it a few years before moving

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Ha Ha Tonka Castle Ruins

The funny sounding name Ha Ha Tonka State Park is located along the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.  High on a cliff overlooking the water are stone ruins from a massive structure built long ago. In 1903 Kansas City businessman Robert Snyder purchased a large track of land in the

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The Abandoned Great Lake Lighthouse

The Waugoshance Lighthouse (or as the old sailors called it, Wobbleshanks) sits out in Lake Michigan, near the tip of Michigan’s mitten off the coast of Wilderness State Park. It is at a remote place out of sight by most tourists, and the beacon has been abandoned and left to crumble into Lake Michigan. It

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