As the Industrial Revolution reached its peak, unrest broke out around the world. The early decades of the twentieth century were full of wars abroad, a Great Depression at home, but also some amazing advances in architecture and sciences:
74. The Liberty Memorial – Kansas City, Missouri – The Liberty Memorial is a part of the National World War 1 Museum and Memorial. The memorial and museum remember the “war to end all wars.” The museum tells the story of World War I through two theaters, exhibitions, replicas, and more.
75. Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tennessee – Founded in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry is a weekly country music stage concert in Nashville. It is now the longest running radio broadcast in US History. The Ryman Auditorium was the home of the Opry from 1943 to 1974 and is a national landmark. The Opry is now housed in The Grand Ole Opry House, close to Briley Parkway on the Northeast side of Nashville. The Opry House is also surrounded by Opry Mills and The Opry Hotel, all interesting places to visit.
76. TCL Chinese Theatre – Hollywood, California – Built in 1926 at the beginning of the cinema age, the Chinese Theatre has become the most famous movie theater in the world. In the 1940s, the theater hosted the annual Academy Award ceremonies, and you can see the hand and footprints of Hollywood stars in the cement outside the theater. In the same area, you can find the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and many other iconic landmarks for Hollywood.
77. Mystic Seaport – Mystic, Connecticut – One of the first living history museums in the United States, Mystic Seaport was established in 1929. You can see an original whaling boat, and many other artifacts and boats that tell the stories of the seas.
78. The Empire State Building – New York, New York – Built in 1930 and 1931, the Empire State Building stood as the world’s tallest building for almost 40 years, until being topped by the World Trade Centers in the 1970s. The building is a cultural icon and has been named as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. You can visit the building, and the observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors.
79. Hoover Dam – Clark County, Nevada – One of the biggest public projects during the Depression, Hoover Dam began construction in 1931, and was the largest concrete structure of its size when completed. Today, the dam’s generators provide power for utilites in Nevada, Arizona, and California.
80. Radio City Music Hall – New York, New York – Built in 1932, Radio City Music Hall was once the leading tourist destination of New York City. The hall is famous for the Rockettes dancers, and is still a center of culture and events for our country.
81. Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco Bay, California – One of the Depression Era’s most famous projects, the Golden Gate Bridge spans the Golden Gate Straight at the entrance to San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. The bridge construction began in 1933, took four years to build, and was the longest suspension span in the world for 27 years. There are parks on both the North and South sides of the bridge for visitors, and you can cross by foot, bike, or vehicle. Other notable historic sites to visit in the area are Muir Woods National Monument, The Painted Ladies(Although the iconic park across the street is currently under construction.), Fisherman’s Wharf, and Chinatown.
82. Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site – Tuskegee, Alabama – The training site of the first ever African American military pilots, known as the Red Tails. Built in 1940, Moton Field was the site of the primary flight training for the first African American pursuit squadron. The site has two hangars with housing museums, and several outdoor attractions. Nearby is Tuskegee University, site of the Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, the only university in the US designated as such. The University was home to scientist George Washington Carver.
83. World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument – Oahu, Hawaii – Commemorating the courage of the US soldiers during and after the December 7, 1941 attacks on Pearl Harbor, this National Monument has several components and locations. In Hawaii, you can visit the USS Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center, the USS Utah Memorial, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and several other attack sites. You can also visit sites in Alaska in the Aleutian Islands, and the Tule Lake War Relocation Center in Newell, California.
84. Patriots Point – Mount Pleasant, South Carolina – Patriots Point is the home of three naval museum ships, all commissioned during WW2. The USS Yorktown – an aircraft carrier, the USS Laffey – a destroyer, and the USS Clamagore – a submarine. The ships are all museums you can tour, and also host patriotic celebrations, military reenactments, and weapons demonstrations. The USS Yorktown also hosts group camping trips, and you can check the site for more info.
85. – Oak Ridge, Tennessee – The site of the Clinton Engineer Works, which was the administrative and military headquarters of the Manhattan Project – The United States nuclear bomb project. Today, you can see the sights through a tour a as a part of admission to the American Museum of Science and Energy.
86. – Hanford, Washington – Built to create large quantities of plutonium, this massive industrial complex fabricated, tested, and irradiated uranium fuel to separate out plutonium. To tour the site, visit this link for more info.
87. – Los Alamos, New Mexico – This site had gun locations, assembly sites, and chemistry research. There is no public access to Department of Energy sites, but walking tours are available through the town of Los Alamos and you can visit the Bradbury Science Museum which houses Manhattan Project info and exhibits.
The Second World War is over, but injustice still reigns in the homeland. See the sites of the Civil Rights movement, then watch as technology takes us in a whole new direction. Finally, we arrive in the years of our recent memories, where we teach our children about events that shook our childhoods:
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