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Las Vegas

Black Canyon Hoover Dam

San Francisco

Alcatraz

Calico

San Antonio

The Alamo
 

Charleston

Old Exchange & Provest Dungeon

Orlando
Kennedy Space Centre
 

New Orleons

Cathedral Basilica of St Louis
Chalmette Battlefield
 

New York

Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty
Chrysler Building

 

Georgia

Marietta & Kennesaw Museum
Barrington Hall
Primrose Cottage


Tennessee

Nashville Parthenon
THe Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson

                         

 
        United States of America

 
Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip
 
Set in the Mojave Desert in Nevada near the west coast of the United States, Las Vegas is famous for its casinos and entertainment and is seen by many as the entertainment capitol of the world, and its tolerance for most types of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City.  READ MORE

 


 


Black Canyon
Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is located in the Black Canyon on the Colorado River, spanning the state line between Arizona and Nevada. Constructed between the years of 1931 and 1935 during the Depression, its purpose was to control the flooding of the Colorado, which, prior to its construction, would happen on a regular basis, causing destruction, misery and loss of life. It would also enable the irrigation of the surrounding area, providing greater productive use of the land, and harness the power of the river enabling electricity to be produced in order to supply Arizona, Nevada and CaliforniaREAD MORE


San Francisco
Alcatraz
Located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, Alcatraz Island is often referred to as "The Rock". It is most famous as the federal prison - which it was from 1933 until 1963 - although the small island was first developed to provide a base and facilities for a lighthouse;  it was then to become a military fortification, and in 1868 a military prison.  READ MORE

 



Mojave Desert
Calico
Famous today as a ghost town and tourist attraction, Calico was once a thriving silver mining town. Located in the Mojave Desert, California it was founded in 1881 when four prospectors discovered silver in the mountain, and opened the Silver King Mine, which was to become California's largest silver producer with a production of $13 – 20 million. READ MORE


San Antonio
The Alamo
Originally known as the Misión San Antonio de Valero, the mission is now better known as the Alamo and forms part of the World Heritage Site of the San Antonio Missions which are located in San Antonio, Southern Texas. The Alamo is famous for a stand by around 200 personnel made against the army of Mexico in 1836. This resulted in the deaths of all the defenders, who included Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and became a rallying point leading to the independence of Texas. READ MORE
 
 
Charleston
 
 
Old Exchange & Provest Dungeon
 
Old_Exchange_&_Provest_DungeonBuilt between 1768-1771 as the office of the King’s Customs Collector, a public meeting place and a place for entertainment, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon with its’ striking Georgian Palladian architecture was one of the last formal structures built by the British Colonial Government in the American Colonies. Prior to the construction of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, the Court of Guard building stood on the site. This held a jail which imprisoned many pirates and had a meeting room above it.  READ MORE
 

Orlando

Kennedy Space Centre
 



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New Orleons

Cathedral Basilica of St Louis

Located in the French quarter of New Orleans the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France (known as the “Old” Cathedral) is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in the United States and dates back to the mid-18th century when a log church was first built at that location.  Erected in the period 1724-1727, the church was destroyed in the great fire of New Orleans in 1788. In 1789 the second church was begun and was dedicated as a cathedral on Christmas Eve 1794.  READ MORE





Chalmette Battlefield

Chalmette_Battlefield_Main
The Chalmette Battlefield is the site just outside of New Orleans where the Battle of New Orleans took place in the War of 1812 between American troops and the British.
 
The Battle of New Orleans was the third and final advance by the British in the War of 1812 which was fought to secure US maritime rights, reduce British influence and to pave the way for the US to Annex Canada. This was much of a stalemate in the first two years but in 1814, following the defeat of Napoleon, the British were able to reinforce its army in the Americas which resulted in the burning of Washington, DC.  READ MORE


 
 
New York

Empire State Building


The Empire State Building is located on the west side of Fifth Avenue in the centre of Midtown Manhattan, and is one of the world’s most famous buildings.  It was, at the time of its construction in 1930-1931, the world’s tallest building, consisting of 103 stories. 

The site started its commercial life as farm land when, in 1799, the City of New York sold the land bounded by what is now Broadway, Sixth Avenue and Madison Avenue for $2,600 to John Thompson for farming.  READ MORE
 
 
 
The Statue of Liberty

Statue_of_LibertyLocated on Liberty Island at the entrance to New York harbour, an island that was originally known as Bedloe's Island but in 1956 Bedloe's Island was renamed Liberty Island by a joint resolution in Congress and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The statue itself was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States.  READ MORE

 

The Chrysler Building

Chrysler_Building_New_York
Located at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, the Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York.

Reaching a height of 1,046 feet (318.9 m), It was the first man-made structure to stand taller than 1,000 feet (305 m) and was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.  READ MORE





World Trade Centre 9/11 Memorial and Museum


World_Trade_Centre_Memorial
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum stand on the site of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre which was destroyed when two hijacked aircraft were deliberately flown into the buildings on September 11, 2001 resulting in the loss of nearly 3,000 lives
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Georgia


 

Marietta and Kennesaw Museums

 

Kennesaw_Museum_Main_ReducedOn April 12, 1862, the building which is today the Marietta Museum was a hotel known as the Fletcher House, although this was later to be known as the Kennesaw House.  It was here that began one of the most famous locomotive chases in history.

 
The American Civil War (1861-1865) began when eleven southern states seceded from the Union in 1860 over the issue of slavery.  These eleven states formed the Confederate States of America (CSA).  The Civil War began in April 1861 when Confederate troops fired on Union forces at Fort Sumter in Charleston harbour.  This action lead to the bloodiest conflict in American history.  READ MORE

 
 
Barrington Hall

Barrington_Hall_(1)Barrington Hall, built in the stately Greek Revival style, provides a glimpse of what must have been a very imposing building, with its three colonnaded sides having a total of fourteen Doric columns.
 
The construction of Barrington Hall was begun in 1839 by Barrington King to be his new family home in Roswell, Georgia.  It remained in his family for 154 years until being acquired briefly by a family friend and conservationist and, ultimately, by the City of Roswell in 2005.  READ MORE
 
 
Primrose Cottage
 
Primrose_Cottage_Rosswell_MainLocated in Roswell, Georgia, Primrose Cottage was the town’s first permanent private home.  The home was built by Roswell King for his daughter, Eliza King Hand, and her children following the death of her husband.  Roswell King, together with his son Barrington King, founded the Roswell Manufacturing Company, building a textile mill there, which lead to the development of the new town.  READ MORE



 


Nashville
 
Parthenon


Nashville_ParthenonThe first full scale replica of the Parthenon of the Acropolis in Athens was constructed as the centrepiece of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897. This was made of brick, wood lath and plaster. The reason it was chosen was due to Nashville having the reputation as the “Athens of the South”. READ MORE


 
 
The Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson


HermitageThe Hermitage, home of General Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the Unit States is one of the Nation’s oldest and largest historic site museums. It incorporates the home and grounds and a number of outbuildings and displays many of Jackson personal effects showing them as they would have been seen in Jackson’s days.  It also includes his tomb and that of his wife Rachel. READ MORE

 

 

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