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Inside a Greek-style temple, a 19-foot statue of Abraham Lincoln looks out over Washington, D.C. Above him are the words, �In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.� Some say that the grandeur of Abraham Lincoln�s memorial does not suit his

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The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a familiar symbol of independence, freedom, and justice in America. Originally called the State House Bell, it was commissioned in 1751 by colonial representatives. The bell has been tolled on important days from the colonial era to modern times. After enduring cracks, repairs, and an exciting hideout from the British,

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The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper located in New York City. It’s named for New York, the “Empire State”. When the building opened in 1931, it was the tallest building in the world! It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. The Empire State Building was erected as part of a worldwide race

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The Crazy Horse Monument is a Native American carving underway in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Artists have been working on the monument since 1948. If it becomes completed as planned, it will be the world�s largest sculpture at 641 feet (195 meters) wide and 563 feet (172 meters) tall. The monument commemorates Crazy Horse (circa

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The Alamo, officially named the San Antonio de Valero Mission, is a former mission and military fort in San Antonio, Texas. It is now a museum drawing people interested in Texas history. When people say �Remember the Alamo�, they are referring to a significant battle in Texas�s Revolution against Mexico. The entire event lasted for thirteen days

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By December of 1620, after a long Atlantic voyage, the English Separatist William Bradford and his crew had explored several landing spots along the North American coast. They�d rejected various locations after having conflicts with indigenous people. Finally, according to legend, Bradford and his party disembarked on a large boulder, which would eventually be known as Plymouth

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Olvera Street, or La Placita Olvera, is the quaint birthplace of modern Los Angeles. This block-long street has now been restored to an old-fashioned marketplace and plaza reminiscent of early Mexico. The street and plaza were designated �El Pueblo Historic Monument� in 1953. Olvera Street attracts two million tourists every year. The area is blocked to automobiles

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Imagine thousands of gallons of boiling water rushing forth from the earth. Shooting toward the sky, the water forms a tall, steamy column � sometimes 180 feet high! When the water falls, it�s only a matter of time before another surge will appear. Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park erupts regularly and has attracted sightseers since

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Mount St. Helens is most famous for its catastrophic eruption in 1980. The active volcano is located in Washington State, about 90 miles south of Seattle and 50 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon. The Mount St. Helens recreational area was re-opened in 1987. The Mount St. Helens eruption of 1980 was the deadliest and most economically destructive

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In 1927, workmen with lively nicknames like �Whiskey Art�, �Palooka�, and �Hoot� quit their regular jobs. They were among the 400 people invited to create Mount Rushmore, a massive mountainside carving of four United States presidents in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The work would be on-and-off labor lasting fourteen years. Mount Rushmore was conceived by