Illinois

Funerals

With the continually increasing quality of images on Google Maps/Earth, it’s hardly surprising that the cameras are capturing ever more private moments of people’s lives. Perhaps then it was only a matter of time before the very end of someone’s…

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Tuesday, 10th October 2006

Spindle

If I told you that this tall shadow in a car park in Berwyn, Illinois was cast by a huge sculpture made from eight real cars impaled on a massive metal spike, would you believe me? I know it sounds…

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Wednesday, 5th July 2006

Particle Accelerator Megapost

The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in California is funded by the US Department of Energy but operated by Stanford University. The SLAC has a 3km long underground linear accelerator which is the longest linear accelerator in the world and…

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Wednesday, 17th May 2006

World’s Largest Cotton Bud

Yes, you heard me right – that’s the world’s largest cotton swab! (Of course, this is actually a member of the South American Cotton Ball Army in disguise). Thanks to me & Kyle French.

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Tuesday, 25th April 2006

Jim Onan’s Pyramid House

This is Jim and Linda Onan’s Gold Pyramid House in Wadsworth, Illinois. Yes, it really is a six-storey gold-plated pyramid in the middle of Illinois – and apparently it’s the world’s largest gold-plated object. Near the entrance to the grounds…

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Tuesday, 4th April 2006

Leaning Tower of Niles

The Chicago suburb of Niles is home to the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. No, wait, that can’t be right! This must be the Leaning Tower of Niles, a 1/2 size recreation of the Pisa bell tower, however there’s no…

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Saturday, 1st April 2006
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

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Eighty years ago today the RMS Queen Mary was launched in Clydebank Scotland. She served as a luxury cruise liner…

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We visited a number of amusement parks in the early years of Google Sightseeing, but with improved imagery and competition…

On this day: Ground was broken for Fenway Park

On September 25, 1911, ground was broken for Fenway Park in Boston, the oldest ballpark still in use in the…

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