North America

Rikers Island

Rikers Island is New York City’s largest jail facility and has 15,000 inmates. The only access to (and exit from) the island is via the Rikers Island Bridge to the south. Thanks: Michael Kizer & Karen

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Tuesday, 3rd May 2005

State Capitol, Madison

Reaching to a height of over 200 feet, the Madison State Capitol dome is the only granite dome in the United States and is topped by Daniel Chester French’s bronze statue, “Wisconsin”. The building is also distinguished as being the…

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Tuesday, 3rd May 2005

The San Jacinto Monument

A monument to the battle that won Texas’ independence, the San Jacinto Monument is the world’s tallest memorial column. At 570 feet, it’s 15 feet higher than the Washington Memorial. Also at the site is the permanently berthed Battleship Texas.…

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Tuesday, 3rd May 2005

Union Square, San Francisco

Another post for the Crowds category is the packed Union Square in San Francisco. I have no idea why crowds seem to only form in San Franciso. I also have no idea what all those people are doing there? Thanks:…

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Monday, 2nd May 2005

Lucky Peak Dam

Located on the Boise River is the Lucky Peak Dam with its message to the world: “Keep Your Forests Green”. The 340 feet tall dam was completed in 1955 and can be seen from ground level here. Thanks: Josh H

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Sunday, 1st May 2005

Husky Stadium

It looks like the University of Washington graduation day at Husky Stadium. I hope no-one is late as the Montlake Drawbridge to south is letting a sailboat through so there’s a bit of a traffic jam. Thanks: CT & Jonathan

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Saturday, 30th April 2005

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

On this day: The Alaska Highway was Completed

On October 28, 1942, the Alaska Highway was completed, Stretching more than 2700km (1700miles) when it was built, it connected…

On this day: Roy Lichtenstein was born

On this day in 1923, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York. While he was best known for…

On this day: First Person to go over Niagara Falls in a Barrel

On October 24, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a…

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