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86 Old Ruins to explore in United States

United States

Third largest and third most populous country in the world. Size-wise, it is almost as large as the continent of Europe.

Agate House
Agate HouseHolbrook, AZ 86025, USA

Agate House is a partially reconstructed Puebloan building in Petrified Forest National Park, built almost entirely of petrified wood. The eight-room pueblo has been dated to approximately the year 900 and occupied through 1200, of the Pueblo II and Pueblo III periods. The agatized wood was laid in a clay mortar, in lieu of the more usual sandstone-and-mortar masonry of the area.

Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Almaden Quicksilver County Park21785 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95120, USA

4,163 acres (17 km²) park that includes the grounds of former mercury ("quicksilver") mines. The park is named after the New Almaden Quicksilver Mines, which were named after the mercury mine in (old) Almadén, Spain, and produced mercury that was used to process ore during the Gold Rush.

Alpine Tunnel
Alpine Tunnel Gunnison, CO 81230, USA

Alpine Tunnel is a 1,772 ft narrow gauge railroad tunnel located east of Pitkin, Colorado on the former Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad route from Denver to Gunnison. It was a 1,772 feet long tunnel built for a narrow gauge rail line that ran from Denver to Gunnison. It opened in 1882, and was the first tunnel crossing of the Continental Divide in the state.

Altaville Grammar School
Altaville Grammar School125 N Main St, Angels Camp, CA 95222, USA

The Altaville Grammar School in Altaville, California is one of the oldest grammar schools in California. It was built in 1858 of brick in the Greek Revival style and remained in use until 1950, when it was replaced by the Mark Twain Elementary School in Altaville. After its abandonment, it fell into disrepair, but was restored in 1989 by the Calaveras County Historical Society. The building serves now as an example of a typical schoolroom of the 19th century.

American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024, USA

This is the largest natural history museum in the world. The complex comprises 26 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library and the collections contain over 34 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts and more.

Argo Gold Mill and Tunnel
Argo Gold Mill and Tunnel2350 Riverside Dr, Idaho Springs, CO 80452, USA

Argo Gold Mine & Mill is a national historic site located about 45 minutes from Denver. featuring an intact gold mill built at the entrance of the Argo Tunnel. The tunnel was built between 1893 and 1910 to drain the gold mines in Virginia Canyon, Gilpin Gulch, Russell Gulch, Quartz Hill, Nevadaville, and Central City and allow easier ore removal. It began in 1893 with the construction of the Argo Tunnel. After 17 years it reached Central City, about 4.5 miles away.

Barker Ranch:
Barker Ranch:Death Valley, CA, USA

This is a former mining and recreational property from the 1940s to the 1960s, it is infamous due to its association with Charles Manson and his "family". It is located inside Death Valley National Park in eastern California. There is a small one-room guest house located to the side of the main house. There is also a five-thousand-gallon "swimming pool" made from cement and rock boulders towards the back of the property.

Battery Spencer
Battery SpencerConzelman Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965, USA

Battery Spencer is a historic concrete military battery that today serves as an overlook above the Golden Gate Bridge and offers iconic and stunning views and photo opportunities. Photos taken of the Golden Gate Bridge from Battery Spencer have been some of the most iconic out there and featured on prints, postcards, and posters. The Battery was originally a gun battery from 1897 to 1942 and was named for a Revolutionary War hero.

Bents New Fort
Bents New FortLamar, CO 81052, USA

Bent's New Fort was a historic fort and trading post along the banks of the Arkansas River in what is now Bent County. It features a reconstructed 1840s adobe fur trading post on the mountain branch of the Santa Fe Trail where traders, trappers, travelers, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes came together in peaceful terms for trade.

Big Boy Steam Engine 4004
Big Boy Steam Engine 40041705 Morrie Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001, USA

Big Boy, one of the largest and most powerful series of steam locomotives ever built. Produced from 1941 to 1944 by the American Locomotive Company of Schenectad and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in revenue service until 1962. They were the only locomotives to use a 4-8-8-4 wheel arrangement: four-wheel leading truck for stability entering curves, two sets of eight driving wheels and a four-wheel trailing truck to support the large firebox.

Bishop Castle
Bishop Castle12705 CO-165, Rye, CO 81069, USA

Bishop Castle is an "elaborate and intricate "one-man project" named after its constructor, Jim Bishop, that has become a roadside attraction in central Colorado.The "castle" is located in south central Colorado on State Highway 165 in the Wet Mountains of Southern Colorado in the San Isabel National Forest, southwest of Pueblo, Colorado.

Boggsville Historic Site
Boggsville Historic Site28120 CO-101, Las Animas, CO 81054, USA

Boggsville is a former settlement in Bent County, Colorado. It includes a 39-acre National Register District with two early territorial-style adobe structures, the 1866 Boggs House and the 1867 Prowers house. The site is owned by the Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County and operated as a seasonal interpretive museum. The surviving structures are among the earliest examples of Territorial architecture in Colorado. Boggsville was the last home of frontiersman Kit Carson.

Bonelli House
Bonelli House430 E Spring St, Kingman, AZ 86401, USA

Bonelli House is at the corner of Fifth and Spring Streets in Kingman, Arizona. The house was built in 1915.eorge Bonelli built the house in 1915 with local Peach Springs Tuff stone from Metcalfe Quarry. The home is two stories, rectangular, and has a low hipped-roof with dormers. The veranda on three sides is supported by square wooden pillars.The property belongs to the City of Kingman and is operated as a historic house museum by the Mohave County Historical Society.

Butte Store
Butte Store8040 CA-49, Jackson, CA 95642, USA

The Butte Store stands as a solitary reminder of what was once a vibrant community. An Italian stone mason constructed the building in 1857 to serve settlers and miners as both their post office and general store.

Casa de la Guerra
Casa de la Guerra15 E De La Guerra St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

This was the residence of the fifth commandant of the Presidio de Santa Barbara, José de la Guerra y Noriega, founder of the Guerra family of California. It is now a popular site for community and private events.The site is currently owned and operated by the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation as a historic house museum. The address is 15 East De la Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, California.

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument1100 W Ruins Dr, Coolidge, AZ 85128, USA

Here you’ll find the Ancient Sonoran Desert People’s farming community including the preserved “Great House,” or “Casa Grande.” It also preserves a group of Hohokam structures dating to the Classic Period. visitors can explore the extensive and fascinating compound with the help of guided tours and an interpretive center that offers answers to questions, and leaves you to ponder a few more questions yet to be solved.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph80 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113, USA

This is a massive Roman Catholic church in downtown San Jose, the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose, California, with the distinction of a minor basilica. It is listed as a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The basilica is named for Saint Joseph, patron saint of the Catholic Church and namesake of San Jose, California.

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament1019 11th St, Sacramento, CA 95814, USA

The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is considered one of three of the most historically significant buildings in Sacramento.As the mother church, it is the seat of Jaime Soto, the ordinary bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento. The Cathedral is located downtown at the intersection of 11th and K Streets. Currently, the cathedral is considered both a religious and civic landmark.

Charlie Tayler Water Wheel
Charlie Tayler Water WheelI-70, Idaho Springs, CO 80452, USA

This largest water wheel in the state of Colorado, was constructed in 1893 by Charlie Tayler. Tayler used this water wheel to power an ore processing stamp mill at his gold mining operations on Ute Creek. It was moved to its present site in 1946, a gift to the people of Idaho Springs by his estate. It was restored during the spring and summer of 1988 by volunteers and private contributions. It was dedicated during Gold Rush Days, July 16-17, 1988.

ChautauquaChautauqua, Boulder, CO, USA

Colorado Chautauqua is one of three remaining Chautauquas in the United States, and the only site west of the Mississippi River, in continuous operation, with its original structures intact. It is also home to the Colorado Music Festival and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006. According to its governing body, the Colorado Chautauqua Association, it is also unique in that it is the only year-round Chautauqua.

Map of Old Ruins to explore in United States