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We stopped by the Graffiti Highway and the Assumption of the Blessed Mary Church (the only church remaining in Centralia). Centralia is an old coal mining town that is a near ghost town now with only 10 people remaining because there has been an underground coal mining fire, that has been burning since 1962. Most roads lead to nowhere and it's virtually overgrown.
The Graffiti Highway is a part of Route 61 that had to be shut down after the road started to buckle and become unstable. Many people bring spray paint to leave their mark on this 3/4 mile stretch of highway.[Tabitha Pauley, 12/10/2016]
The Futuro Twin Houses are worth the drive if you're in the Dayton area.[Mandy, 12/09/2016]
The exhibits were fabulous! I will stop in again on my next visit to St. Louis to see what is new. There are three floors with each hosting something different. Free and worth a stop, if you know anything about chess, even if only how to barely play the game, like me.[Dawn Custer, 12/09/2016]
World Chess Hall of Fame
- 4652 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO
- The chess piece stands in front of the World Chess Hall of Fame. West side of downtown. On the south side of Maryland Ave. just east of its intersection with N. Euclid Ave. Next to a Starbucks.
- Hall of Fame: T-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify)
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- Worth a Detour
To see the Military Dog Monument you need to clear security at the entrance gate. The monument is near the static aircraft display.[Bob T, 12/09/2016]
Lackland Air Force Base
- Holloman Ave., San Antonio, TX
- Lackland Air Force Base. West of the city. Drive west on US Hwy 90. Exit at Lackland AFB. Turn left onto Military Drive. Drive a half-mile. Turn right onto Luke Blvd. Pass through the guarded gate (ID required, tell them where you're going) drive a quarter-mile, then turn right onto Holloman Ave. Drive a quarter-mile, then park in the lot on the left. The monument is at the back of the parking lot, at the southeast corner of the parade field.
Small Statue of Liberty.[Ashleigh Haskins, 12/09/2016]
This 6-ft. tall figure stands on Alki Beach facing Elliot Bay. It is a 1/18th scale replica of the Statue of Liberty, one of many erected by Boy Scouts during their "Little Sister of Liberty" campaign in 1952. After decades of sea salt erosion, the statue was recast in bronze in 2008.
- Alki Ave. SW, Seattle, WA
- Alki Ave. SW at 61st Ave SW on a concrete plaza along the shore.