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The Old Sheldon Church Ruins

North west of Beaufort South Carolina are brick walls and pillars standing among the trees near the small town of Sheldon. They are the remains of an old church originally known as Prince William’s Parish Church. Today they are known as the Old Sheldon Church. The church was  built sometime between 1745 and 1753. It

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The Mansion in Chippewa Falls

The Cook-Rutledge Mansion in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Built in 1887 it is now used as a museum by the Chippewa Falls Historical Society and has been restored to its original condition. I don’t have a story to go along with it, I just like old houses. Thank you for Subscribing to Lost In The States,

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The Unidentified Victims Belle Gunness

Belle Gunness lived on a farm near La Porte, Indiana. In 1908 her farmhouse burned down and her children’s bodies were discovered burned in the fire along with a female’s body that was missing its head. It was believed to be the remains of Belle Gunness. After further investigations of the property the remains of

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A Mystery at Sand Point Lighthouse

The beautifully restored Sand Point Lighthouse at the northern end of Ludington Park in Escanaba in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and marks the entrance for Little Bay De Noc. The strange thing about this lighthouse is that the tower faces away from the water, as if it were built backwards. In 1867, John Terry was appointed

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The Tragic Tale of Johnny Morehouse

The city of Dayton is the home of the Wright Brothers and the Air Force Museum. Visitors to the museum can see hundreds of historic aircraft, including several presidential planes that had the call sign of Air Force One. On a hill in the southeast portion of the city is the Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum.

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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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Enger Tower

Standing on a hill overlooking Duluth, Minnesota is a 80 foot tall stone tower that looks out over the city and the harbor. In 1920, an anonymous donor gave $50,000 to the city of Duluth to purchase land called Grand Mountain to build a park. Eventually people figured out that it was Bert Enger, an

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The Dubuque Shot Tower

This tall tower stands near the Mississippi River in an industrial part of Dubuque, Iowa. The region had several lead mines and the tower was used for making shot for guns. The lead was heated until molten liquid and then poured from the top of the tower through perforated metal. as the lead fell through

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The Resting Place of Johnny Appleseed

Growing up in the Midwest, I remember the tall tales of colorful people such as Paul Bunyan, John Henry and Johnny Appleseed. I am not sure if all of them are based on real people, but Johnny Appleseed was the nickname of a real person. Born in Massachusetts in 1774, John Chapman moved to western

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Squire’s Castle

What looks like a medieval stone castle stands in the North Chagrin Reservation, which is part of the Cleveland, Ohio Metroparks. It was built as a gatehouse for a mansion that was never constructed. I can only imagine how large and opulent the mansion would have been considering how ornate the gate house was. Feargus

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