Americana

Pre-Earthquake: San Francisco in 1906

Thanks to the creative ideas of four early filmmakers, later generations have the chance to see San Francisco in early 1906, before the now...

Spoils of US Fidelis

This house in Middle America fits the definition of excess (unless you consider having a bowling alley and an eight-car garage necessary). It’s builder’s...

Ghosts of the Duluth, Missabe, and Iron Range Railroad

Northern Minnesota's economy has been powered by locomotives for over one hundred and thirty years. The ensuing boom after the nineteenth-century discovery of iron...
Eagle Mountain

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

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

Abandoned Kaua’i Jewel: The Coco Palms

On the east coast of Hawaii's oldest island, an abandoned hotel is slowly being reclaimed by nature. It was a landmark for 40 years,...
Action Park

There Was Nothing in the World Like Action Park

Action Park was one of the first water parks in the United States, and by the time it closed in 1996 it was the...