U.S. Tour 4: N. Dakota thru Wyoming

Your quick tour of the United States is almost over but there is so much more to see in the other photo galleries. Visually explore a state, a city, the state capitals, U.S. parks and so much more. Have fun!

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1 Cowboy Boots and License Plates with Hooks on Cedar Siding in Medora, North Dakota

In western North Dakota, near the Montana border, is Medora, a small town that is the gateway to the Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The few blocks within the town portray a quaint, western theme among a few historic buildings. These cowboy boot hooks with vintage licenses plates make a perfect memento of your trip to Medora.

250 Main St, Medora, ND 58645
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2 Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

71,000 people attended Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. That number is equivalent to the population of Canton. This Ohio city is where the National Football League was founded in 1920 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame was built in 1963. Fifty years later, 280 inductees are honored inside the 82,300 square-foot museum. Only four to seven new members are added each year after an extensive nomination, selection and voting process.

2121 George Halas Dr NW, Canton, OH 44708
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3 Downtown Skyline, Ohio River Paddle Streamer Boat and Geese in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati skyline on the north bank of the Ohio River only hints at the beauty of this city. Once you cross the John Roebling Suspension Bridge, you are greeted by a vibrant town. The population of 300,000 loves their sports (seven major facilities), riverfront, entertainment venues, historic buildings, arts and gorgeous outdoor wall murals. Cincinnati is also home to fifteen, Fortune 1000 companies including The Kroger Company and Proctor & Gamble.

Riverside Dr & Riverside Pl, Covington, KY 41011
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4 Great American Insurance Building and Ball Park Smokestacks in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Reds have a wonderful baseball stadium called the Great American Ball Park. It is named after the Great American Insurance Group. The company’s chairman used to own the team. In the background is the American Financial Group’s headquarters. The building opened on Queen City Square in 2011. Flanking it in this photo are two Power Stacks in the stadium’s outfield. They resemble steamboat smokestacks. During a game, they spew fireworks and steam. The seven baseball bats in each stack are a subtle tribute to Pete Rose’s jersey number 14.

330 Ohio River Scenic Byway, Cincinnati, OH 45202
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5 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio

Behind this glass pyramid façade on Lake Erie are the stories and artifacts of rock music and a tribute to the legends who created the genre. It is all in the seven-level, 55,000 square foot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Exhibits include costumes and instruments from famous musicians plus back stories on the not-so-famous who made significant contributions in composing, journalism, and production. Also highlighted are the early jazz, folk, blues and country artists who inspired the emergence of rock. Nearby is another building dedicated to the museum’s library and archives.

1100 E 9th St, Cleveland, OH 44114
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6 Downtown Skyline and Scioto River at Sunset in Columbus, Ohio

This is a profile of the downtown Columbus skyline along the Scioto River at sunset. The country’s fifteenth largest city took its name from Christopher Columbus. It is located in the center of Ohio and is its state capital. Columbus feels vibrant and has received numerous “top ten” recognitions from several magazines. Among the attributes are their business environment, technology, future outlook, zoo, working moms, strong economy and being mentioned as one of the best big cities. All of these accolades are well deserved and warrant a visit.

W Broad St. & S Civic Center Dr, Columbus, OH 43215
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7 Bockscar Plane Atomic Bomb Nagasaki at USAF National Museum in Dayton, Ohio

Look closely at the five “fat man” silhouettes under the pilot’s window of this B-29 bomber called Bockscar. The red symbol represents the mission on August 9, 1945. On that historical day, Major Charles Sweeney and his crew dropped the second and more powerful nuclear bomb on Nagasaki. The Japanese surrendered four days later and WWII was over. The plane, along with over 350 other aircraft, is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton, Ohio.

1100 Spaatz St, Dayton, OH 45431
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8 Third Street of Downtown Marietta, Ohio

Marietta is a town of about 14,000 people along the western boarder of Ohio just across the Ohio River from West Virginia. Third Street is the heart of their downtown. It is typical of other small U.S. towns that were founded in the 19th century, grew and prospered for decades, slowly lost their significance and then began to decline in income, economic stability and population. Yet Third Street has kept its pride and remains a pleasant place to live as do so many other small towns in the country’s heartland.

200 Union St # 4, Marietta, OH 45750
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9 Field Cannon at Fort Sill Artillery Museum in Lawton, Oklahoma

Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, was built in 1869 during the Indian wars. The property is still an active Army post. The artillery museum displays guns and uniforms dating back to 1775. The exhibits include this 76 mm Regimental Gun used in 1927. Also on the grounds are the burial sites of Indian prisoners. The most famous one is the grave of Geronimo, a leader of the Chiricahua Apache tribe. He lived from 1829 until 1909.

455 McNair Rd #118, Fort Sill, OK 73503
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10 Stockyards’ Welcome Neon Sign at Night in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

In 1920, the forerunner of the Armour meatpacking company helped establish the Oklahoma Stockyards. This is now the country’s largest cattle market. Known by the name “Packingtown,” it probably processes more tourists who come to watch the cattle drives, purchase western wear and eat large slabs of meat at the local restaurants. They are welcomed by this neon cowboy.

929 S Agnew Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108
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11 Downtown Skyline and Phitower Building in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Once calling itself, “The Oil Capital of the World,” Tulsa, Oklahoma also claims to have originated Route 66. Their downtown has one of the largest collections of Art Deco buildings in the U.S. An example is the 1928 Phitower Building on the right foreground.

98 E 8th St, Tulsa, OK 74119
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12 Barefoot in Pacific Ocean Next to Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon

On Oregon’s Pacific coast is the fascinating Haystack Rock. The giant monolith rises 235 feet from the sands of Cannon Beach. It is accessible from shore during low tide. At high tide, however, be careful: many people have been stranded by fast rising water and had to be rescued. Next to it are two smaller yet impressive rock towers called the Needles. This sandy beach and shallow, warm water are perfect for a barefoot stroll with your best friend.

1766 S Hemlock St, Tolovana Park, OR 97145
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13 Allow Me Umbrella Man Statue and Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon

The locals in Portland, Oregon, call the Pioneer Courthouse Square their living room. It is adorned by a life-size statue of a businessman wearing a three-piece suit, carrying a blue umbrella and hailing a taxi. The sculpture by Seward Johnson is named “Allow Me.” The locals refer to it as, “Umbrella Man.” The adjoining federal building that lends its name to the plaza is the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. It was built in 1875, over one hundred years before the square opened.

701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
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14 Red Wine Grapes on Vine in Roseburg, Oregon

Mention west coast vineyards and the immediate association is California. The Golden State produces 90% of American wine. However, its neighbor to the north has over 300 vineyards. Most of Oregon’s vintages are delicious and reasonably priced. The vineyards are famous for their Pinot Noir. Clusters of black grapes like these are responsible for the delectable wine.

Delfino Vineyards, 3829 Colonial Rd, Roseburg, OR 97471
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15 Downtown Skyline Across Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

At 464 miles, the Susquehanna River is the longest on the east coast and is nearly a mile wide when it passes through Harrisburg. From across the river, this capital city has a gorgeous skyline. Native Americans called this area Paxtang when they enjoyed this shoreline view thousands of years ago.

301 N Front St, Wormleysburg, PA 17043
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16 Amish Family on Horse and Buggy in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

There are thousands of Pennsylvania Amish living the simple life in Lancaster County. Most are farmers or engaged in cottage industries, such as crafts and furniture making. Driving maps of the area are available from local visitor centers. You will need to share the road with the horse and buggies. This family was too large for their vehicle. Therefore, the two eldest sons were dragged behind on their inline skates.

38 Witmer Rd, Lancaster, PA 17602
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17 Museum of Art, Fairmount Water Works and Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened in 1876 as part of the country’s centennial celebration. On the 72nd step are the cast footprints where Rocky Balboa raised his arms in triumph. On the backside of this Greek Revival building is the Schuylkill River. It flows 135 miles through Pennsylvania. In the foreground is the Fairmount Water Works. The public utility was built between 1812 and 1815. The original version supplied Philadelphia with fresh water in response to the yellow fever epidemic of the late 1700s.

640 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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18 Andy Warhol Bridge and Downtown Pittsburgh Skyline in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Seventh Street Bridge was built in 1926. It is one of the “Three Sisters” suspension bridges crossing the Allegheny River from the North Shore to downtown Pittsburgh. This yellow span is now called the Andy Warhol Bridge. This pays tribute to the city’s native son and pop art icon. Nearby is the Andy Warhol Museum. This bridge is just one of over 440 connecting the city of Pittsburgh. This is why its nickname “The City of Bridges” is well deserved.

Andy Warhol Bridge, 7th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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19 Downtown View from Waterplace Park in Providence, Rhode Island

Roger Williams, the founder of Providence, Rhode Island in 1636, was exiled from Massachusetts for such radical beliefs as religious freedom and abolishing slavery. Today, along the Woonasquatucket River is a cobblestone path which is located a level below the Downcity (downtown) streets. Called the River Walk in Waterplace Park, it provides pedestrian bridges that are reminiscent of Venice. Complete the feeling of visiting the Italian City of Bridges with a gondola ride.

200 Exchange St, Providence, RI 02903
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20 Old Slave Mart Museum in Charleston, South Carolina

The ugly history of slavery was once considered by plantation owners to be an essential element for success. It’s estimated that 10 to 20 million people were shipped and traded in America. When importing was banned, an inter-state business of public slave trading emerged. It was outlawed in 1856, giving rise to private auction galleries like the Old Slave Mart in Charleston, South Carolina. Once called Ryan’s Mart, it is now a museum and the only slave gallery left in the state.

6 Chalmers St, Charleston, SC 29401
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21 Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer County in Black Hills, South Dakota

Some visions require persistence. The best example might be Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer County, South Dakota. The project was commissioned by Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear. The sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, started carving the Indian warrior on a horse with an outstretched arm in 1948. Fifty years of hard work were needed to finish the face. After his death in 1982, his wife Ruth took control until she died in 2014. Now their children are heeding his advice of “Go slowly so you get it right.” There is no timeframe for completing this 560 foot monument in the Black Hills.

12151 Ave of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730
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22 Lincoln American Tower Framed by Skywalk in Memphis, Tennessee

The largest city on the Mississippi River is Memphis, Tennessee. Its influence on music – especially blues, soul and gospel – is legendary. One of the biggest legends was the King of Rock and Roll who lived at Graceland. Standing on the former site of a Civil War prison is the Lincoln American Tower. It was built in 1924 as a one-third replica of the Woolworth Building in New York City.

54 N Main St, Memphis, TN 38103
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23 Parthenon Replica in Centennial Park in Nashville, Tennessee

If you want to see what the Athens’ Parthenon looked like in 447 BC, then visit the full-sized replica in Nashville, Tennessee. Located in Centennial Park, this 1897 version of the Greek temple shows all the missing parts of the original, including a 42 foot statue of Athena. She is helmeted, carries a shield, is covered by gold leaf and is as intimidating as she is garish.

Parman Pl & 28th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
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24 Texas School Book Depository Building Facing Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas

On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy’s limousine drove slowly down Elm Street in Dealey Plaza. At 12:30 P.M., an Italian Carcano, bolt-action rifle emerged from the sixth-floor window (upper right corner) of the Texas School Book Depository Building on the left. Shots were fired. The bullets wounded Governor Connally and killed the 35th President of the United States. The photo is taken from the spot of the first impact.

411 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75202
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25 Angel on Grand Façade of Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas

The name Bass in Texas is synonymous with oil and billions in net worth. Perry was the father of four sons. All of them share the DNA for risk taking and business success. They are also generous philanthropists, particularly in Fort Worth, Texas. One example is the Nancy Lee & Perry R. Bass Performance Hall. This is one of two, 48 foot limestone angels adorning the Grand Façade.

525 Commerce St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
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26 Convention and Visitors’ Bureau on Main Street in Grapevine, Texas

Sandwiched between Dallas and Fort Worth is Grapevine, Texas. Despite having part of the nation’s fourth largest airport within its boundaries, it is much quieter than its neighboring cities, particularly along Main Street. Here you can stroll among the historic buildings, small shops, restaurants and antique stores. Consider sampling local wines in tasting rooms. If you need directions, stop into this convention and visitors’ bureau. Then look up at its Glockenspiel Clock Tower. It is fun to watch the two “Would-be Train Robbers” in action.

636 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051
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27 St. John Church Steeple and Heritage Plaza Building in Houston, Texas

During the 1970s and early 1980s, the race was on in Houston, Texas, to build numerous skyscrapers. Soon the horizon became the third tallest skyline in the U.S. This construction surge ended in the mid-80s with a recession, a decline in real estate values, an oil industry collapse and the savings and loan crisis. The last major project during the boom was the Heritage Plaza. The high-rise stands 762 foot and has 53 floors. In stark contrast is the modest St. John Church. It was built about one hundred years earlier in 1891. The landmark is located in Sam Houston Park along with other historical buildings. This public greenspace provides a quiet, western view of downtown.

1000 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
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28 Texas Longhorn Steer at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch near San Antonio, Texas

The large mammals at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch near San Antonio are from all over the world. This family attraction would be remiss if it did not include a herd of Texas longhorns such as this red and white steer. His impressive horns extend up to seven feet. He looks menacing, but these predominately beef cattle have a mild disposition. The Texas longhorn is the state’s official large animal.

26515 Natural Bridge Caverns Rd, San Antonio, TX 78266
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29 Old Train Depot in Brigham City, Utah

In 1869, the driving of the “Golden Spike” celebrated the completion of the Transcontinental Railway at Promontory Summit. The closest town to this historic site is Brigham City, Utah. When the Union Pacific train depot was built in 1906, women passengers were segregated on the north side of the ticket office. Ladies were expected to be refined and were not allowed to spit, swear or smoke. On the south side, men were allowed to engage in this socially unacceptable behavior. The Golden Spike Association is currently renovating this historic station.

833 W Forest St, Brigham City, UT 84302
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30 Inspirational Point View at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

The vistas at Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, take your breath away because the air is thin at elevations averaging 8,000 to 9,000 feet. They are also visually breathtaking. You will marvel at the grand, deep amphitheaters with colorful spires called hoodoos. There are 13 viewpoints along a 38 mile drive. Each lookout provides a unique perspective of grandeur. This stunning view is Inspirational Point. Bryce Canyon can be exceptionally busy in the afternoon during peak summer months. Crowds also assemble for sunrises, sunsets and to count the stars filling the night sky.

Inspiration Point, Bryce Point Rd, Bryce, UT 84764
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31 Old Couple Sitting on Bench in Union Station in Ogden, Utah

If you are self-employed and live west of the Mississippi River, chances are you have mailed or electronically sent your tax return and money to the Internal Revenue Service center in Ogden, Utah. The IRS is the town’s largest employer. If you are in the neighborhood, feel free to hand deliver your check. Afterwards, stop by the Union Station. Outside the building are classic locomotives dating back to 1881. Inside are three museums dedicated to trains, classic cars and Browning Firearms. Or just sit for a moment while you ponder how the government will spend your taxes.

2501 Wall Ave, Ogden, UT 84401
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32 Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints Temple and Reflection Pool in Salt Lake City, Utah

In 1847, Brigham Young led almost 70,000 Mormons on an exodus from Illinois to the Great Basin. When he arrived at present-day Salt Lake City, he declared, “Here we will build a temple to our God.” That proclamation grew into Temple Square. The three most impressive buildings dedicated to The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints are the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Assembly Hall and the Salt Lake Temple seen here in a reflection pool. This architectural gem opened in 1893 after forty years of construction.

50 N West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84150
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33 Washington County Courthouse in Montpelier, Vermont

The smallest state capital city is Montpelier, Vermont, with less than 8,000 residents and a downtown that’s about five blocks long. In the center of town is the Washington County Courthouse. It was built in 1880 and is part of the county seat.

65 State St, Montpelier, VT 05602
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34 Cherry Blossom Riverboat on Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia

About six miles from Washington D.C. is the Old Town of Alexandria, Virginia. The area has maintained the charm of its heritage as a port since 1749. This includes cobblestone streets, historic markers and colonial homes and churches. Near an old torpedo factory is the Potomac River waterfront. It offers a variety of ways to float past the nation’s capital. These alternatives include dinner cruises and paddleboats like the Cherry Blossom. This is a 19th century replica of a Victorian riverboat.

Old Town Alexandria Harbor, Thompsons Alley, Alexandria, VA 22314
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35 Alderman Library at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia

One of three accomplishments carved on Thomas Jefferson’s grave is, “…father of the University of Virginia.” He founded the school in 1819. The first class was held in Charlottesville, Virginia, about four months before he died in 1825. The campus still reflects the former president’s original design. The layout includes the Rotunda and 10 Pavilions forming a U-shape around The Lawn. Where these girls are chatting is the Alderman Library. After construction was completed in 1938, it was named after the school’s first president, Edwin Alderman.

160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904
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36 Reconstructed First Williamsburg Capitol in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg contains over 60 restored or reconstructed buildings from the early 1700s across 300 acres. As a living-history museum, costumed employees explain the various venues and reenact key activities. Others conduct a colonist’s daily life like walking down the street and removing their hat when greeting a lady. Williamsburg was once the center for the Colony of Virginia’s government. This Colonial Revival replica built in 1934 is how the first capitol looked in 1705.

500 E Duke of Gloucester St, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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37 First Colonial Settlement Church at Historic Jamestowne, Virginia

The first English colony in North American was founded by Captain John Smith and 104 settlers in 1607 at Jamestown, Virginia. The hardships of famine, disease, bitter winters, Indian attacks and even cannibalism are retold at Historic Jamestowne. Among the ruins are remnants of several churches built on this site dating back to 1639. You can also explore this memorial church. The historical structure was reconstructed in 1907 using the original bricks.

1368 Colonial Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23185
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38 Old City Hall in Richmond, Virginia

The Old City Hall in Richmond, Virginia, is grand and impressive. Built of gray granite in 1894, this Gothic Revival building consumes a city block and is located across from Capitol Square. The structure housed the local government until 1971. It features a 195 foot clock tower among its ornate design. These elaborate details caused the project to be one million dollars over the original $300,000 budget. It was designed by Elijah Myers, one of my favorite state capitol architects.

Old City Hall, 1001 E Broad St, Richmond, VA 23219
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39 Downtown Skyline and Ferris Wheel in Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington is the crown of the Pacific Northwest. With a skyline boasting over 200 high-rises – including nearly 30 skyscrapers over 400 feet – you can see why it is nicknamed The Emerald City. A great way to view downtown and Elliott Bay is from the top of the 175 foot Seattle Great Wheel. The Ferris wheel is located at Pier 57 on the Central Waterfront. It was built for the Great Western Pacific Company in 2012 at a cost of about $20 million.

1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101
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40 Downtown Skyline and Tacoma Narrows Suspension Bridge in Tacoma, Washington

The Tacoma Narrows Suspension Bridge was built in 1940. The locals quickly gave it the derogatory nickname Galloping Gertie because it swayed in high winds. Four months later it collapsed. Today there are two, parallel suspension bridges in Tacoma, Washington. This is called Sturdy Gertie. Behind their suspension cables is the downtown skyline.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge, WA-16, Washington 98335
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41 U.S. Supreme Court East Façade in Washington, D.C.

According to the Constitution, “The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court.” When organized in 1790, it resided in New York City and then Philadelphia before moving to Washington, D.C. The current building is covered primarily in marble. On this east façade is the motto, “Justice the Guardian of Liberty.” The Supreme Court was the last project for the distinguished and famous architect, Cass Gilbert. He died before it was completed in 1935.

1 First St NE, Washington, DC 20543
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42 World War II Memorial on National Mall in Washington, D.C.

These are a few of the 56 granite pillars comprising the National World War II Memorial. This beautiful tribute to fallen soldiers is located between the Lincoln Memorial (seen in the background) and the Washington Monument on The National Mall. Each 17 foot pillar is dedicated to soldiers from one of 48 states. The rest are inscribed with D.C., the territories of Hawaii and Alaska, plus other U.S. territories as shown in the photo. Around the semicircle are bas-reliefs illustrating various soldier scenes from recruitment, to battles and coming home. On the right is the northern triumphal arch with the inscription “Atlantic.”

1750 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024
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43 Haddad Riverfront Park and Kanawha River in Charleston, West Virginia

The confluence of the Kanawha and Elk Rivers provide a perfect setting for Charleston, which is West Virginia’s largest city (population of 51,000) and capital. These flowing waters also provide perfect recreational settings such as the Haddad Riverfront Park. Weekly summer concerts are performed at this bandstand, many of which are sponsored by Moses Automotive Live. Cruises on a sternwheeler called “River Queen” are also available.

1 Summerside Rd, Charleston, WV 25312
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44 Dollar General Storefront in Weston, West Virginia

The concept of a variety store that is a price-point retailer (most items are the same price) began with Woolworth’s Five and Dime concept in the late 19th century. Since then, most of the early retail names have disappeared and inflation has grown over 2,000%. In their place, various dollar store brands emerged and flourished during the Great Recession. In many small towns, like in Weston, West Virginia, this concept is the prominent store along Main Street. Notice the handmade sign for back to school supplies which explains they accept clothing vouchers.

201 Elizabeth Dr, Weston, WV 26452
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45 Spinning Barber Shop Pole at Grey’s Barber Shop in Hayward, Wisconsin

During medieval times, barbers were full service: they cut hair, performed surgery, blood let to cure diseases and extracted teeth. The red, white and blue pole represents these skills. Through the 1960s, the spinning barber pole was an iconic symbol. Today, in small towns like Hayward, Wisconsin, it is s a quaint storefront reminder of a bygone era. Grey’s claims to have been cutting hair for over 120 years.

10548 Main St, Hayward, WI 54843
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46 Madison Skyline Across Partially Frozen Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin

While drive through Madison, Wisconsin, something may sound vaguely familiar. Washington, Franklin, Hamilton, Pierce and 35 other streets were named after the U.S. Constitution signers. The city’s name comes from James Madison. He was the Father of the Constitution and also the fourth U.S. President. He died a few months before James Doty lobbied legislators in 1836 to designate his vacant land as the capital of the new Wisconsin Territory in exchange for honoring these founding fathers. The result is this gorgeous skyline from across the partially frozen Lake Monona.

1156 Olin-Turville Ct, Madison, WI 53715
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47 Quadracci Pavilion at Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In 2001, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s “Quadracci Pavilion” was completed on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The unique architecture was designed by Santiago Calatrava. Its external focal point is the beautiful “Burke Brise-Soleil.” It consists of 217 foot wings that open and close like a giant butterfly twice a day or during excessive winds. The process takes 3.5 minutes to completely move the steel fins.

500 N Art Museum Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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48 Painted Cowboy Boot in Front of Cheyenne Depot Museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Wyoming is the “Cowboy State.” Therefore, it is fitting the capital city of Cheyenne has eight-foot cowboy boots on numerous street corners. The sculptures were colorfully painted in 2004 during a Depot Museum fundraiser called, “These Boots are Made for Talkin.’” This one in the Cheyenne Depot Plaza is a tribute to past Wyoming governors. The design was painted by Alice Reed. The city also has 12 western outfitters. The most famous store is near this artwork. The Wrangler has been selling “ranchwear” since 1943.

121 W 15th St #300, Cheyenne, WY 82001
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49 Rendezvous Peak from Teton Village Tram in Jackson, Wyoming

Teton Village is the small yet wealthy base for the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The area offers very challenging runs for expert skiers across its 450 inches of annual snow. An example is Rendezvous Peak. The 10,450 foot summit is accessible by tram for skiing and snowboarding in winter and sightseeing, hiking and paragliding in the summer.

Jackson Hole Aerial Tram and Gondola Rides, 3395 Cody Ln, Teton Village, WY 83025
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50 Couple with Umbrella Crossing Bridge with Steam in Yellowstone, Wyoming

Most of the two million plus acres of Yellowstone National Park are located in Wyoming. The park is famous for the spectacular river canyons, the hundreds of animal species freely roaming the forests and grasslands plus Old Faithful. This favorite tourist attraction is only one of 300 geysers in the park. Yellowstone is the largest volcanic system in North America. Many of the geothermal features emit steam. This turns into billowing clouds when the snow falls. This couple’s umbrella seemed like the perfect solution.

View Avenue, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
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