7 Strange Landmarks in the US ...


When you think of US attractions, the incredible cities, national parks, theme parks, historical monuments and iconic buildings and constructions come to mind, however, strange US landmarks probably don’t enter your thoughts.

But, they are there and actually probably more numerous than you might imagine.

Want to know some?

Read on then for some strange US landmarks.2

1. Salton Sea, California

Salton Sea, California

Set in California’s largest desert is the one of the strangest of strange US landmarks, the Salton Sea.

Actually a lake produced by the 1905 flooding of the Colorado River, the Salton Sea is artificial, with salty waters and a surface that’s 220 feet below sea level.

When the flooding occurred, 1500 workers moved a half million tons of rock to redirect the Colorado River, but with no outlet, the Sea now sits near Salvation Mountain, another strange site, created by Leonard Knight, a folk artist.

The hand-mixed adobe and concrete hill, doused with acrylic paint and the motto “God Never Fails,” stands 100 feet high on the lake’s eastern edge.

2. Roswell, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

The mysterious UFO sightings of Roswell, New Mexico make it one of the strange US landmarks in the southwest.

With its strangeness dating back to 1947 when an odd object crash-landed at an area ranch, the mystery was exacerbated by the US military’s efforts to hush the incident up.2

Naturally, people assumed aliens had landed, and curiosity didn’t end at the local level – the incident acquired international fame.

The locals latched onto this and have wrapped Roswell in mystery ever since, planting round white heads over the street lamps downtown, and establishing the International UFO Museum &

Research Center, which exhibits crazy artworks and outlines the Roswell cover-up.

3. Lucy the Margate Elephant, New Jersey

Lucy the Margate Elephant, New Jersey

South of Atlantic City, a pleasant afternoon drive through the area’s beach communities will stop you in its tracks with this strange US landmark.

Oddly created with the intention of appealing to land buyers, Lucy the Margate Elephant was built in 1881.

Standing 65 feet tall, the elephant’s wooden construction is now noted on the National Register of Historic Places.

Over the course of Lucy’s long life, she’s been used as a beach cottage, a private mansion, a hotel and a tavern;

but now, intrigued tourists can come tour the wooden elephant’s interior.

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