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Continental Divide, New Mexico - Continental Divide Trading Post
This sign is across the street from the Continental Divide Trading Post.[Penny, 01/26/2015]
Eureka, North Carolina - Marker: Atom Bombs Dropped Here
I knew that we'd nearly nuked ourselves in 1958 in South Carolina, but I had no idea that something similar had almost happened here in my home state of North Carolina. According to a historic marker in the town of Eureka, a B-52 carrying two hydrogen bombs crashed nearby in 1961. Three crewman died in the accident, while five others successfully ejected or bailed out. Both of the bombs left the aircraft as it started to break up. One split into pieces on impact, and much of it, including the thermonuclear stage, remains buried 180 feet down in a swamp. The other was recovered, and numerous sources say that that bomb came very close to detonating.
The marker notes, "Widespread disaster averted."[Dean Jeffrey, 01/26/2015]
- W. Main St., Eureka, NC
- Downtown. At the corner of W. Main St. and N. Church St.
Window Rock, Arizona - Navajo Code Talkers Statue & Window Rock
In the town of Window Rock is this beautiful memorial. It is 25 miles off of Interstate 40, but well worth the ride! Beautiful red rocks on the drive. Very peaceful garden and memorial beneath the Window Rock....[Penny, 01/26/2015]
Panama City Beach, Florida - Man in the Sea Museum
A collection of diving bells, old bathyspheres, and even Sealab, are all arrayed around the parking lot. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [01/25/2015]
Ocean Springs, Mississippi - 30-Foot-Tall Native American Head
I've seen several of these statues scattered across the country from coast to coast: an elongated Native American head with a distinctive headpiece. All are carved from large native trees in the area where they are on display. The sculptor is Peter Wolf Toth, and he has carved over 70 of these "Whispering Giants" as his tribute to the the North American Native Americans. This statue is hard to see due to the trees around it. There's a frontage road that runs behind it and you can find a place to park there.[phrank phester, 01/25/2015]
- 500 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS
- On the south side of US Hwy 90/Bienville Blvd, a half-mile east of the Bay Bridge, and just east of the Welcome to Ocean Springs caboose and just west of the Travelodge.