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The Ruins in Music City

Many tourists visit downtown Nashville to check out the music and bar scene. Few tourists check out the ruins of an old Civil War fort on a hill a few miles south of downtown. Fort Negley was built by Union troops after the capture of Nashville Civil War. It was the largest inland fort built

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The Cross in Illinois

Visitors to the Shawnee National Forest near Alto Pass may notice a large cross standing at the top of a hill. The Bald Knob Cross of Peace has been standing in southern Illinois for over a half a century. In 1937, Makanda, Illinois postman and Reverend W. H. Lirely wanted to hold an Easter Sunrise

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The Mohican Memorial Shrine

  Mohican State Forest is located between Columbus and Cleveland, and has over 4500 acres of wilderness to explore. State Route 97 passes through the area, and here you will find a stone shrine erected to honor the Ohioans who died fighting for freedom. The Mohican Memorial Shrine was built in 1947 by funds raised

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The Names on the Warehouse

The charming little village of Ephraim sits on the Green Bay side of Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula. Driving trough town I saw a unique multi colored building out of the corner of my eye. It sits out on the dock of the harbor in town. It’s wooden siding is covered in names in every color of

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The Rotary Jail

Crawfordsville is about fifty miles northwest of Indianapolis. Because it needed a new jail in the late 1800s and is close to Indiana’s largest city, it has one of the most unique jails in the country. Architect William H. Brown patented the rotary jail in 1881, and it was built by Haugh, Ketcham & Co.

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Before trains and trucks, boats floated cargo down the Ohio River in the early days of the United States. Pirates and thieves often attacked the river boats and one of the most notorious locations was the Cave-In-Rock along the Illinois side of the river. The massive cave was created a millennia ago by water carving

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The Amazing Woman Raised in this Abandoned House

  Near Arcadia Michigan is this old farmhouse hidden in the trees where a little girl named Harriet Quimby lived with her family. When she was a teenager, she moved with her parents to California where she grew up with a love of writing. She wrote seven screenplays directed by D.W. Griffith, and even acted in

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The Ruins In The Park

Holliday Park sits about five miles north of Indianapolis, and it is where you will find ruins of a long forgotten building. The strange thing is they are not remnants of an Indiana building but one that stood on Broadway Street in New York City. The twenty-six story St. Paul building was one of the

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Lost In Indiana Book

I am proud to announce that my new book Lost In Indiana is now available on Amazon HERE. Lost In Indiana is not your average travel book and more than just a list of places to visit. Mike Sonnenberg (Author of Lost In Michigan) tells stories of strange and historic locations in the Hoosier State

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A Beached Whaleback

Superior Wisconsin sits at the western end of Lake Superior. At the end of Barkers Island in the towns harbor is a strange looking ship. It looks like an combination of freighter and submarine. Designed by Scottish born Captain Alexander McDougall whalebacks had unique rounded sides for waves to crash over. She ships cut through

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