A 1956 Plane Crash in the Grand Canyon Made Flying Safer for Americans

In 1956 two planes collided over the Arizona desert, killing all 128 people on board and scattering the debris deep inside the Grand Canyon. This week, the National Park Service designated the crash site a National Historic Landmark—even though they don't actually want you to go visit it. » 4/27/14 4:30pm 4/27/14 4:30pm

Three Dead Racehorses Are Being Moved to Make Way for L.A. Development

A group of USC archaeologists received an unusual request. Their services would be required to dig up several large mammals—but not the Ice Age fossils that dot the L.A. landscape. They needed to unearth three horses buried under a racetrack. » 3/12/14 7:20pm 3/12/14 7:20pm

5 Urban Fountains Where Swimming Is Encouraged

Instead of dreading the thought of sloshing through eight feet of frozen sludge on your way home tonight, let's think ahead to summer, when we'll actually want to feel ice cold water against our faces—in some of our cities' best fountains. » 2/24/14 9:00am 2/24/14 9:00am

This Man Built A Colorful Mountain In The Desert With His Bare Hands

The only color in the landscape for miles, Salvation Mountain looms like a mirage on the horizon. The three-story, three-decade work of artist Leonard Knight, who died yesterday at the age of 82, is a piece of brightly painted, hand-sculpted California desert, like an impossibly scaled cathedral made from Play-Doh. » 2/11/14 1:40pm 2/11/14 1:40pm

Vancouver Moves Closer to Officially Naming a “Dude Chilling Park”

Guelph Park in East Vancouver was just like any other under-appreciated park in a city near you: grassy but forgettable. Until a fake sign was erected in one corner by a local artist, christening it with a new name: "Dude Chilling Park." Suddenly, Guelph/Dude Chilling Park became a global sensation. » 2/05/14 2:00pm 2/05/14 2:00pm

The World's Wackiest Monuments, Chosen By You

When we asked you last week to send us the weirdest monuments in your neighborhood, you not only delivered, you quite frankly freaked us out. How do you people sleep at night knowing that a giant turtle-humping statue is just down the street? » 1/23/14 3:59pm 1/23/14 3:59pm

What's the Coolest, Weirdest or Most Overlooked Monument in Your City?

Last week, the New York Times produced a beautiful feature that serves as a monument to monuments, of sorts, highlighting the often-forgotten statues, plaques, pillars and benches that mark Important Sports and Important People across New York City. » 1/19/14 7:00pm 1/19/14 7:00pm

Christmas Tree Lane Hosts The Oldest Holiday Display In The World

They're perfectly conical, with long draping boughs and a citrusy fragrance: Your search for the perfect Christmas tree ends here. Unfortunately, you can't chop down any of the 132 historically protected cedars that line a street outside of Los Angeles called Christmas Tree Lane. » 12/18/13 5:40pm 12/18/13 5:40pm

Rock Piles, Graves, and Ice Caves Are Historic Monuments in Antarctica

On these frigid days, it helps to think about a place like Antarctica, which was recently determined to be without a doubt the coldest place on Earth (as if anyone was really surprised?). But it's also home to unique historic monuments befitting the treacherous environment that include 100-year-old huts, industrial… » 12/11/13 4:00pm 12/11/13 4:00pm

L.A. Saves Southern California's Best-Preserved Googie Diner

The Los Angeles City Council ruled last week to give landmark status to Johnie's Coffee Shop, a blue-and-white striped diner in the city's Miracle Mile district. Opened in 1956, the building's dramatic angles and flashy neon made it a darling of L.A.'s newly car-centered culture. » 12/04/13 4:40pm 12/04/13 4:40pm