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United states landmarks

  1. 1. United States Landmarks A Virtual Tour
  2. 2. Statue of Liberty For many immigrants coming to the United States in the early 1900’s, the sight of the Statue of Liberty, as their boats passed Ellis Island, meant the start of a new life, in a new country— where anything was possible. The Statue of Liberty was designed by F.A. Bartholdi, and given to America as a gift of friendship from France in celebration of America’s 100th birthday on October 28, 1886. She stands 305 feet tall and is an international symbol of peace and liberty. http://webpages.charter.net/viewliner/Liberty2.jpg
  3. 3. Mount Rushmore In 1923, historian Doane Robinson thought of an idea to attract more people to the Black Hills of South Dakota—a huge sculpture honoring heroes of the west. In 1924, Gutzom Borglum was hired as the sculptor, and work began on Mount Rushmore. Borglum chose Mount Rushmore because it was the largest mountain in the vicinity and it faced southeast—where it would receive direct sunlight. Next, the subjects of the sculpture were chosen, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. It was finished in 1942.
  4. 4. Golden Gate Bridge The Golden Gate Bridge is an international symbol of San Francisco, California, and the 2nd largest suspension bridge in the US. It spans a length of 1.7 miles. The bridge was opened in 1937. Today about 100,000 vehicles pass over the bridge per day. Since its opening, over 1,300 people have committed suicide by jumping off the bridge, 26 have survived the jump.
  5. 5. Liberty Bell  In what city is this landmark located?
  6. 6. Gateway Arch The Gateway Arch was completed in 1965. It was built to commemorate the spirit of westward expansion in St. Louis along the Mississippi River. The Arch itself was built to withstand earthquakes and has 60 foot foundations built deep into the ground.
  7. 7. Empire State Building  In what city is this landmark located?  New York City
  8. 8. Washington Monument  In what city is this landmark located?  Washington D.C.
  9. 9. The Alamo In 1836, Mexican General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, and 6,000 Mexican troops stormed into Texas in an attempt to quell the insurrection among Texans who had declared independence from Mexico. On March 23, Santa Anna and his troops marched into a small mission in San Antonio known as the Alamo. His demand for surrender was refused, and he subsequently killed hundreds of Texans who resisted after a 2 week standoff.
  10. 10. Death Valley Death Valley National Park, located in eastern California is one of the most arid places on earth. It also contains the 2nd lowest point in the western hemisphere (282 feet below sea level). Summer temperatures are well over 100 degrees and receives less than 2 inches of rain per year.
  11. 11. Old Faithful Located in Wyoming, Yellowstone was the world’s 1st national park. The park sits on a 43 mile volcanic crater, and features amazing sights such as hot springs and Old Faithful (geyser which erupts every 65-92 minutes).
  12. 12. Crater Lake Located in Oregon, the lake sits atop a 6 mile caldera formed 7,000 years ago by the eruption and collapse of Mt. Mazama. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US.
  13. 13. Four Corners  What four states is the man in?  Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah
  14. 14. Niagara FallsShared by the US and Canada, Niagara Falls is the most voluminous waterfalls in North America. The word Niagara is said to mean “Thunder of Waters” in Iroquois language. Visitors to the falls can ride The Maid of the Mist, a boat that travels in back of Horseshoe Falls, where they get sprayed with mist generated from the falling water.
  15. 15. Hoover Dam Hoover Dam was completed in 1935 and can store 9.2 trillion gallons of water in its reservoir lake. It is the 2nd tallest dam in the US and measures 726 feet high. It was built for 3 reasons: 1) To stop flooding caused by melting snow 2) To enable irrigated farming in the desert region 3) To provide water for southern California.
  16. 16. Cape Hatteras Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a seventy mile stretch of barrier islands, once referred to as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” for the many shipwrecks that occurred because of its dangerous currents and mighty storms. It is home to the tallest lighthouse in America.
  17. 17. Arches National Park Located in eastern Utah, Arches National Park features more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. The famous arches were formed from a sandstone layer deposited by an ancient sea. Over time, the salt underneath the sandstone forced it to rise and crack. The rising sandstone was exposed to wind, precipitation and erosion, which resulted in the formation of the arches.
  18. 18. Redwood National Forest Redwood National Park, located in northwestern California, features some of the world’s tallest and oldest trees. The Coast Redwood trees can live to 2,000 years and grow to over 350 feet in height and 22 feet in width. The cool, wet climate of the region enables the Redwoods to stay continual damp, even through summer droughts. Scientists believe the trees have existed in the same are for 20 million years.
  19. 19. Crater of Diamonds Located in Arkansas, this state park is an 888 acre park that sits atop an eroded volcano pipe. It is the only public diamond mine in the world. For a small fee, visitors can come to the park and dig for diamonds and other gems. Visitors can keep anything they find. Over 24,000 diamonds have been found since the park opened. In 1924, a 40 carat diamond worth millions of dollars was found in the park.
  20. 20. Grand Canyon Located in Northwestern Arizona, it is one of the world’s most dazzling sites. Carved over millions of years by the Colorado River, it is 277 miles long, and between 4 and 18 miles wide. In some cases the canyon is more than one mile deep. It was first discovered by Spanish explorers in 1540.

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