What places, historic sites, colleges, etc, do you live near?
Is Casa Loma still here ???? That was such a cool place.
We have the Rocky Mountains on our doorstep, which in my opinion greatly outweighs anything mere men could create. It takes about 30 minutes from our house to get into the mountains, and about 2 hours to Rocky Mountain National Park, which is stunningly beautiful.
In Denver, we've got lots to do, lots of colleges, but there's not a lot of evidence of history- the oldest standing building in Denver is only from the 1800's. I should go to the Colorado history museum one of these days though. Outside of the metro area there's lots of "old western" type towns. I'm sure most of it is inauthentic though. I thought Cripple Creek would be interesting till we went and found it just to be one casino after another.
OMG, Wombat is out of the DOGHOUSE??? Mark the calendar, gold star the date!
Right here in East Providence, (the city where I live), we have an historic carousel!
Built in 1895 by Charles I.D. Looff, one of the earliest and foremost carousel designers. The Crescent Park Carousel is Nationally recognized as a true masterpiece of wood sculpture. Originally built as a showcase for prospective buyers, it is the largest and most elaborate of looff's works. The Carousel contains 62 beautifully hand carved figures and four fanciful chariots. Overall richness of effect was Looff's trademark and the Crescent Park Carousel gives full interpretation to that spirit.
Here are some photos:
Because it was the showcase, it has one of everything and oh my they are gorgeous. Two years ago, they closed for the entire year and did a major restoration. Better than ever! The same family has been taking care of the mechanics and paint and such for over 25 YEARS! This is a labor of love!
It is 75 cents for a ride, and they still have the gizmo with the rings. As you go around you grab a ring. If you get the brass one, you get a free ride! We go at least once every summer.
Originally Posted by Ginger's Mom
Stop, you are killing me, lol. One of the reasons I haven't gotten there is because I really do not want to go by myself, and all of my friends would rather spend their vacations at the beach or on cruises or in Mexico (I guess they would rather go somewhere warm). There is nothing wrong with any of those things, it just means I can't get them to go to Boston with me.
Well, it's plenty warm in the summer here! And I didn't even mention the Atlantic Ocean - and whale watching! Stellwagen Bank is a national Marine Sanctuary just 25 miles east of Boston, their website is http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/
Armidale is in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. It's an educational centre that services the educational needs of country kids and overseas studnets.....we have many private schools here, and the University of New England. Most students board at their respective colleges, so when school holidays and semester breaks come along, the city sort of empties a bit. The architecture here sort of follows along the lines of VERY English, so there are lots of those ivy covered Tudor style buildings around, and lots of older style Aussie colonial buildings.....a very historic city, and a very beautiful place to live.
I live near Cleveland, the mistake by the Lake. We do have the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Case Western University, Ohio State is two hours away in beautiful Columbus. Cleveland is a dumpy, filty city. I so want to leave and move elsewhere. Seattle I wish I could afford you. England you are calling me. Yet here I am stuck in this ugly place........
But Marigold, that means you're not too far from the famed Findlay Ohio - go see the meetings forum, watcha doing Memorial Day weekend?
Does the Pacific Ocean count? Mission San Juan Capistrano? Laguna Beach?
Originally Posted by Karen
Just about everything! Our area is rife with both history and colleges.
We live next to Boston, site of the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Bunker Hill, etc. "Old Ironsides" - a.k.a. the USS Constitution is anchored nearby in Boston Harbor. Lexington and Concord (the reason we celebrate Patriot's Day and "the shot heard 'round the world") are nearby, as is Walden Pond (of Thoreau and the Existentialists fame). Mt. Auburn cemetary - on the same street as my church - is the burial-place of countless famous Americans, including Winslow Homer, Julia Ward Howe and Isabella Stewart Gardner, whose home became a world-renowned museum which is also nearby. And the colleges around here include Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, Bentley, Brandeis, Regis, Wellesley, Tufts, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Northeastern, Wentworth, and many, many, many more, large and small, including my alma mater Massachusetts College of Art.
We live near so much.
Don't forget theNorth Shore. Salem, Gloucester, Rockport, etc
Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard
Old Sturbridge Village
Then there's New Hampshire.
White Mountain National Forest
Well lets see.....
Cornell University(about 1 hour away, Used to live 5 mins away)
Howes Caverns(about 2 hours away)
Albany(State Capitol, about 2 hours away, used to live there)
Susquehanna River(about 2 mins away)
Saratoga Race track(Oldest Horse Track In America, 2 hours away)
Ummmm...Cant think of anything else at the moment!!
Originally Posted by animal_rescue
Ehh I think I should get the award for this place. I live right next to the Indiana State Prison, woo hoo.
But other than that I'm near Lake Michigan, The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Mt. Baldy, The Lighthouse Mall, and I'm about 45 min from Chicago.
Hey, animal_rescue! I graduated from Valparaiso ... I have many happy memories of the Dunes and Mount Baldy.
Well... 3 towns away from mine (Downers Grove, IL) is a town with a bunch of Sears Modern Homes, which were built from kits in the 1920s and 30s. I have a friend who lives in one - it's tiny, but it has heaps of character and people coming by to see it / take pictures of it.
3 towns away from mine in the opposite direction (Berwyn) is the world's largest laundromat (honest!), which has solar panels on the roof to heat the water, and a rather odd-looking sculpture that was featured in the original "Wayne's World"...
(Oh, yeah, that thing!)
Chicago's wonderful architecture - Adler and Sullivan, Burnham and Root, Frank Lloyd Wright
The Cubs and the White Sox
The Sears Tower - is it still the tallest building in the world?
Boston & East Providence, here I come! (Literally)
We'll be residents of RI about 6 weeks from now, and I am a carousel enthusiast! Fall River MA houses the carousel from my youth - I think it's mostly Philidelphia Toboggan Co. figures, if I recall, but I could be wrong. Those pics you posted are gorgeous, Sandra! I will definitely have to come up & see you! Karen, I'd love to go to "all of the above." My childhood memories are all of the famous historical places we visited on vacations (Plymouth, Salem, New Bedford, etc.), but I'd sure like to see more.
As for now, University of Findlay is down the road. But in RI we'll be part of the community at the Naval Base, which includes NAPS and the War College.
Not much historical stuff around here since Az is a fairly new state (1912).
Our tourist attractions are primarily the landscape; The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Sonoran Desert, Painted Desert, Sunset Crater National Monument, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Canyon De Shelly, and the Petrified Forest.
The few historical sites are the old Yuma prison and quite a number of old Trading posts sprinkled around these sites.
The universities are Arizona State University ASU
and Northern Arizona University NAU
Photo taken in Monument Valley filming a commercial with my German Shorthaired Pointer Howdy! Howdy is the one in the jeep with the hat on!
And of course we mustn't forget the rattlesnakes.
It is a long way for anyone to visit ( though you would be very welcome) but I live between Hong Kong and Macau on one side and Guangzhou on the other. Zhuhai,the small city I live in is by the South China Sea and is nicknamed Lover's City.
Here are some pictures of the various places.
I live near the Daniel Boone Homestead. Never been there and it is only 15 minutes away.
I lived in Puxsutawney, where groundhog Phil lives. Talk about a strange place - they dedicate their lives to that groundhog and one day a year
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Reading as a town was originally hunting grounds for William Penn and his wealthy friends. The shopping center across the street has a historical marker sign telling us it was the site of a hotel owned by him.
Famous colleges? Small colleges mainly with a satellite campus of Penn State.
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