Americas

Beach Pneumatic Transit

Beach’s First Subway: Pneumatic Transit System

Alfred Beach was an inventor and editor of Scientific American magazine. He was also a visionary for subterranean rapid transit. By 1849, New York...
Eagle Mountain

From Boom to Bust to Boom to Bust: Eagle Mountain, CA

The United States has many ghost towns scattered throughout the West. Most have the same story: A deposit of some precious metal is discovered,...
Centralia

The Ground is Smoking in Centralia, Pennsylvania

Centralia was incorporated as a borough in 1866 when coal was discovered in the area. Coal mining gave birth to the town and it...
Empire Nevada

Empire: Abandoned Company Town of Nevada

A company town is a town where all property and services are owned by the employer. For an employer who plies its trade in...
Cahokia

The United States’ oldest great civilization: Cahokia?

When we studied Native American history in school, we learned about many tribes. Chances are you don't remember learning of Cahokia, a long-extinct civilization...

Real-life Zombieland set? Six Flags New Orleans

With so much that still needs to be rebuilt in New Orleans, the tragedy of Katrina is hard for some to put behind. A...