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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...
Phineas Gage

Medical Firsts: The Story of Phineas Gage

The year was 1848, and 25-year-old Phineas Gage was earning wages as a railroad worker in Vermont. His task was to blast rock to...
La Rinconada Peru highest city in the world

La Rinconada, Peru: Highest City in the World

Exactly how high is the highest city in the world? How about over 3 miles? La Rinconada Peru is a rare case: an old...
Walter Hinick, AP

Casualties of Copper: The Berkeley Pit, Montana

Tales of gold rushes and silver booms are often recounted from a nostalgic perspective, driven by tall tales of adventures into the lawless Wild...

Bagger 293: Biggest Vehicle in the World

Exactly how big does a land-based vehicle need to be to qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records as largest in the world?...

Turkmenistan’s Door to Hell

Turkmenistan is seventy percent desert – the Karakum Desert, to be exact. The nation is divided into five provinces, the second largest being the...