Amazing American Historic Sites That You Would Never Guess Existed

Cahokia Mounds, Illinois: An historic Native American metropolis flourished between AD 600 and 1400 near Collinsville, Illinois. Cahokia was one of the largest pre-Columbian North American cities, with up to 20,000 residents. Monks Mound, the biggest prehistoric earthwork in the Americas, is among the notable earthworks.

Bodie Ghost Town - California: Bodie is a well-preserved ghost town in the Eastern Sierra region of California. Once a bustling gold mining town in the late 19th century, Bodie was abandoned in the early 20th century and left in a state of "arrested decay." Today, visitors can explore the town's eerie streets, preserved buildings, and artifacts from the gold rush era. 

Carhenge - Nebraska: Located near Alliance, Nebraska, Carhenge is a quirky roadside attraction that replicates England's iconic Stonehenge using vintage cars. Created by artist Jim Reinders in 1987 as a memorial to his father, Carhenge consists of 39 cars arranged in a circle to mimic the layout of Stonehenge. 

Mesa Verde National Park - Colorado: Mesa Verde is home to some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America, built by the Ancestral Puebloans over 700 years ago. Visitors to Mesa Verde can explore ancient villages, cliffside dwellings, and ceremonial sites that provide insights into the lives of the ancestral inhabitants of the region. 

Salvation Mountain - California: Salvation Mountain is an art installation located in the Colorado Desert near Niland, California. Constructed by artist Leonard Knight over several decades, the mountain is made of adobe clay and painted with colorful murals and religious messages. It has become a popular roadside attraction and pilgrimage site. 

Mystery Castle - Arizona: Mystery Castle is a unique residential structure located in Phoenix, Arizona, built by Boyce Luther Gulley in the 1930s as a gift for his daughter. The castle is constructed from found materials such as adobe, stone, and salvaged items, and features whimsical architectural details and hidden passageways. 

House on the Rock - Wisconsin: House on the Rock is a bizarre and sprawling architectural marvel located near Spring Green, Wisconsin. Built by eccentric collector Alex Jordan Jr., the house features eclectic collections of antiques, artwork, and oddities, as well as elaborate mechanical displays and themed rooms. 

The Winchester Mystery House is a historic mansion located in San Jose, California. It was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester, the treasurer of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. Construction of the mansion began in 1884 and continued for nearly four decades, until Sarah Winchester's death in 1922.

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