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Tenements are probably the most uniquely-Glasgow type of housing in Scotland's largest city. These large apartment buildings are distinguishable by their shared entrance and (formerly) communal areas such as gardens, toilets, and washrooms, as well as by normally being built in rows of near-identical constructions. This is the case along Buccleuch Street, where the last building of its row houses a museum known appropriately as the Tenement House. Occupying the first and second levels of its ten Avant Garde Architecture, Architecture Design, Tenement, Row House, House Museum, Types Of Houses, Communal, Toilets, Toilet
The Tenement House in Glasgow, Scotland
Tenements are probably the most uniquely-Glasgow type of housing in Scotland's largest city. These large apartment buildings are distinguishable by their shared entrance and (formerly) communal areas such as gardens, toilets, and washrooms, as well as by normally being built in rows of near-identical constructions. This is the case along Buccleuch Street, where the last building of its row houses a museum known appropriately as the Tenement House. Occupying the first and second levels of its ten
When the Wilmington & Western Railroad first opened in 1872, steam-powered engines transported people and goods from the mills and farms lining Delaware’s scenic Red Clay Valley to the Port of Wilmington. Today, the mills and farms have all but shuttered, but folks visiting Wilmington can still take in the natural beauty of an iconic wooded valley while riding century-old trains over tracks laid down shortly after the Civil War. The 10-mile route strikes out west from Wilmington, first passi Spring Park, Pennsylvania Railroad, Old Trains, Red Clay, Meander, Covered Bridges, Wilmington, Amusement Park
Wilmington & Western Railroad in Wilmington, Delaware
When the Wilmington & Western Railroad first opened in 1872, steam-powered engines transported people and goods from the mills and farms lining Delaware’s scenic Red Clay Valley to the Port of Wilmington. Today, the mills and farms have all but shuttered, but folks visiting Wilmington can still take in the natural beauty of an iconic wooded valley while riding century-old trains over tracks laid down shortly after the Civil War. The 10-mile route strikes out west from Wilmington, first passi
As one of only a handful of performing arts theaters in Lower Delaware, the Milton Theater puts on quite a range of shows. On any given night, the main stage may host ballet, big bands, drag shows, tribute bands, stand-up comedy, burlesque dancers, or psychics. For a building that has not only served as a movie theater, fire station, and basketball court, but survived nor’easters, fires, and pandemics, it’s only fitting that this century-old building continue a legacy of enduring creative expres Performing Arts Theater, Theatre Arts, Brick Building, Old Building, Live Country Music, Outdoor Concert, Concert Series
Milton Theater in Milton, Delaware
As one of only a handful of performing arts theaters in Lower Delaware, the Milton Theater puts on quite a range of shows. On any given night, the main stage may host ballet, big bands, drag shows, tribute bands, stand-up comedy, burlesque dancers, or psychics. For a building that has not only served as a movie theater, fire station, and basketball court, but survived nor’easters, fires, and pandemics, it’s only fitting that this century-old building continue a legacy of enduring creative expres
The gardens that surround the Winterthur mansion in northern Delaware are an ode to horticultural precision, designed by some of the most renowned landscape architects. As visitors move away from the stately building, however, the grounds transition into the Wild Garden approach—more relaxed in nature, more playful in style. Just east of the mansion, the formalities evaporate entirely, giving way to a children’s garden that is as lauded by national institutions as it is beloved by Winterthur Gar Winterthur Gardens, Winterthur Museum, Landscape Architecture, Plastic Playground, Enchanted Wood, Story Stones, Oak Hill, Fairy Friends
Enchanted Woods at Winterthur Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware
The gardens that surround the Winterthur mansion in northern Delaware are an ode to horticultural precision, designed by some of the most renowned landscape architects. As visitors move away from the stately building, however, the grounds transition into the Wild Garden approach—more relaxed in nature, more playful in style. Just east of the mansion, the formalities evaporate entirely, giving way to a children’s garden that is as lauded by national institutions as it is beloved by Winterthur Gar
The Myrtleford Old School Museum is a small museum housed in the old Myrtleford State School building which operated between 1870 to 1938. The museum provides an interesting insight into the history of this small town in northeastern Victoria, Australia. It's an area steeped in history, with tobacco farming being a key part of the early industrial development of the local area in the 1920s. The tobacco industry was driven mostly by the large number of Italian migrants who settled down in this re History Of Tobacco, Tobacco Industry, Industrial Development, State School, Prisoners Of War, Kitchen Models, School Building
Myrtleford Old School Museum in Myrtleford, Australia
The Myrtleford Old School Museum is a small museum housed in the old Myrtleford State School building which operated between 1870 to 1938. The museum provides an interesting insight into the history of this small town in northeastern Victoria, Australia. It's an area steeped in history, with tobacco farming being a key part of the early industrial development of the local area in the 1920s. The tobacco industry was driven mostly by the large number of Italian migrants who settled down in this re
Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia is the meeting place of the Indian and Antarctic Oceans and is home to the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia. The stonemasons working on the lighthouse were housed nearby and a wooden water wheel was erected in 1895 to pump water from a spring. The spring water was packed with minerals which began to precipitate onto the water wheel.  Eventually, the wheel stopped turning, as it had become covered in a layer of limestone. This process normally takes hundr Famous Lighthouses, Turn To Stone, Meeting Place, Water Wheel, Spring Water, Antarctic, Western Australia
Water Wheel - Cape Leeuwin in Leeuwin, Australia
Cape Leeuwin in Western Australia is the meeting place of the Indian and Antarctic Oceans and is home to the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia. The stonemasons working on the lighthouse were housed nearby and a wooden water wheel was erected in 1895 to pump water from a spring. The spring water was packed with minerals which began to precipitate onto the water wheel. Eventually, the wheel stopped turning, as it had become covered in a layer of limestone. This process normally takes hundr
Every August, the Grant County Fair returns to Moses Lake, Washington. With it comes the fair’s most well-known food: Spaceburgers. Two slices of white bread go in a special sandwich-making machine that seals inside a mixture of seasoned ground beef, sauce, and shredded lettuce. At a blistering 400°F degrees, the machine toasts the bread in a mere 30 to 40 seconds while also crimping shut the sandwich edges and cutting off the crusts, making flying saucer-shaped burgers.  Simple though they may Burger Seasoning, Burger Meat, Sodium Intake, Grant County, Moses Lake, Hamburger Patties, Shredded Lettuce, Slice Of Bread, White Bread
Spaceburgers
Every August, the Grant County Fair returns to Moses Lake, Washington. With it comes the fair’s most well-known food: Spaceburgers. Two slices of white bread go in a special sandwich-making machine that seals inside a mixture of seasoned ground beef, sauce, and shredded lettuce. At a blistering 400°F degrees, the machine toasts the bread in a mere 30 to 40 seconds while also crimping shut the sandwich edges and cutting off the crusts, making flying saucer-shaped burgers. Simple though they may
Slender and shiny with white stripes, the Tsakoniki melitzana (eggplant) grows only in the valley of Leonidio, a beautiful town in the Peloponnese overlooking the Aegean sea. Leonidio was once the capital of the Tsakonia region (from which the eggplant gets its name), which consists of several villages where one of the world’s oldest languages—an ancient Greek dialect dating back to the time of King Leonidas of Sparta—is still spoken.  Unlike the dark purple eggplants with which most people are Aegean Sea, Eggplant Purple, Slender, Around The Worlds, Growing, Eggplants, Leonidas, Sparta, Ancient Greek
Tsakoniki Melitzana
Slender and shiny with white stripes, the Tsakoniki melitzana (eggplant) grows only in the valley of Leonidio, a beautiful town in the Peloponnese overlooking the Aegean sea. Leonidio was once the capital of the Tsakonia region (from which the eggplant gets its name), which consists of several villages where one of the world’s oldest languages—an ancient Greek dialect dating back to the time of King Leonidas of Sparta—is still spoken. Unlike the dark purple eggplants with which most people are
Lebanon Bologna (pronounced "boh-low-nah") may seem like a classic kosher salami, with its deep red color and the coarse grain of its meat. Looks can be deceiving, though. This bologna has a unique history and a taste that might give you a good startle. Lebanon bologna isn't from the nation in the Middle East, nor from Italy either. Originating in Lebanon County, squarely in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, it isn't anything like the cold cut usually called bologna. Instead, it’s more of a cured sala Lebanon Bologna, Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Local Food Banks, Food Scientist, Cold Cuts, Dutch Recipes, Deep Red Color, Gastronomic, Sweet Notes
Lebanon Bologna
Lebanon Bologna (pronounced "boh-low-nah") may seem like a classic kosher salami, with its deep red color and the coarse grain of its meat. Looks can be deceiving, though. This bologna has a unique history and a taste that might give you a good startle. Lebanon bologna isn't from the nation in the Middle East, nor from Italy either. Originating in Lebanon County, squarely in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, it isn't anything like the cold cut usually called bologna. Instead, it’s more of a cured sala
Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, our team shares stories of wonder and curiosity, the kind that can lie just beyond your doorstep. We'd love to hear from you, too! Tell us about a wonder in your backyard by recording a voice memo and send it to hello@atlasobscura.com, or leaving a voicemail at 315-992-7902. Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In un Meditation Videos, Meditation Music, Pocahontas County, Rainbow Shots, Summit Lake, Pool Photography, Surreal Photos, The Book Thief, Strange Places
Podcast: More Wonders in Your Backyard
Listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all major podcast apps. In this episode of The Atlas Obscura Podcast, our team shares stories of wonder and curiosity, the kind that can lie just beyond your doorstep. We'd love to hear from you, too! Tell us about a wonder in your backyard by recording a voice memo and send it to hello@atlasobscura.com, or leaving a voicemail at 315-992-7902. Our podcast is an audio guide to the world’s wondrous, awe-inspiring, strange places. In un
In Atlas Obscura’s Q&A series She Was There, we talk to female scholars who are writing long-forgotten women back into history. In scrawling cursive, an English enslaver named Robert Norris, captain of the slave ship The Unity, wrote an entry in his log marked June 6, 1770: “The slaves made an Insurrection which was soon quelled…with the loss of two woman slaves.” On June 22, “the slaves attempted another Insurrection after the death of a girl slave.” Then again, four days later on June 26, African History, Women In History, African Culture, Dahomey Amazons, Yoruba, Women Leaders, Modern Warfare, Iconic Women, West Africa
The Untold Stories of the Women Who Led Slave Revolts
In Atlas Obscura’s Q&A series She Was There, we talk to female scholars who are writing long-forgotten women back into history. In scrawling cursive, an English enslaver named Robert Norris, captain of the slave ship The Unity, wrote an entry in his log marked June 6, 1770: “The slaves made an Insurrection which was soon quelled…with the loss of two woman slaves.” On June 22, “the slaves attempted another Insurrection after the death of a girl slave.” Then again, four days later on June 26,
Imagine while on your morning coffee run, you find a package on a bench wrapped in brown paper, with a note saying there’s art inside. Opening the package reveals an original piece of art, a small, acrylic painting with broad brushstrokes resembling the ocean, or maybe it’s a mountain. While it may be surprising, it’s sure to make your day. This is the goal of Toronto contemporary abstract artist Courtney Senior and her International Art and Found Day, the third annual celebration of which will Original Mixed Media, Original Piece, Cj Hendry, Little Library, Artist Community, Colorful Paintings, Mixed Media Painting, Public Art
Inside the World of 'Art Dropping'
Imagine while on your morning coffee run, you find a package on a bench wrapped in brown paper, with a note saying there’s art inside. Opening the package reveals an original piece of art, a small, acrylic painting with broad brushstrokes resembling the ocean, or maybe it’s a mountain. While it may be surprising, it’s sure to make your day. This is the goal of Toronto contemporary abstract artist Courtney Senior and her International Art and Found Day, the third annual celebration of which will
From the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, salt deserts around the world have become popular tourist destinations—vast, seemingly featureless, impossibly photogenic natural wonders. Although not all salt deserts are created the same, they appear to share a strange feature: what can be described as honeycomb-like patterns composed of low ridges emerging from the salty crust. The mechanism behind these mysterious polygons has had scientists scratching their heads for University In England, Sky Cinema, Death Valley National Park, Beneath The Surface, Groundwater, Birds Eye View, Salt And Water, Wales England
The Mystery Beneath the 'Honeycomb' Patterns of Salt Deserts
From the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, salt deserts around the world have become popular tourist destinations—vast, seemingly featureless, impossibly photogenic natural wonders. Although not all salt deserts are created the same, they appear to share a strange feature: what can be described as honeycomb-like patterns composed of low ridges emerging from the salty crust. The mechanism behind these mysterious polygons has had scientists scratching their heads for
In Gastro Obscura’s Q & A series A Seat at the Table, we speak with people of color who are reclaiming their culinary heritage and shaping today’s food culture. At Stratford Hall, the plantation of the Lee family and the future birthplace of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, lavish Christmas dinners would end with Virginia’s White elite gathering around small, steaming cups of hot chocolate. The drink was sure to impress the guests, as the Lee family owned one of the colony’s few household Stratford Hall, Colonial, Virginia, Cooking Curry, Westmoreland County, Confederate Generals, Life Mission, Nature Trail
Remembering Caesar, Colonial Virginia’s Enslaved Chocolatier
In Gastro Obscura’s Q & A series A Seat at the Table, we speak with people of color who are reclaiming their culinary heritage and shaping today’s food culture. At Stratford Hall, the plantation of the Lee family and the future birthplace of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, lavish Christmas dinners would end with Virginia’s White elite gathering around small, steaming cups of hot chocolate. The drink was sure to impress the guests, as the Lee family owned one of the colony’s few household
Chartered in 1824, enslaved people and Irish laborers built the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal between 1826 and 1830. The project involved moving thousands of cubic yards of earth to construct the 16.5-mile-long canal. Once built, the waterway helped promote Georgia’s economy and was used to transport local goods and crops from the inland plantations along the Ogeechee River to Savannah’s busy shipping port.  During the Civil War, the canal was little used. After the war, local lumber companies started Tidal, Waterway, Lumber, Savannah Chat, Civilization, Locals, Yards, Fields
Savannah-OgeeChee Canal in Savannah, Georgia
Chartered in 1824, enslaved people and Irish laborers built the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal between 1826 and 1830. The project involved moving thousands of cubic yards of earth to construct the 16.5-mile-long canal. Once built, the waterway helped promote Georgia’s economy and was used to transport local goods and crops from the inland plantations along the Ogeechee River to Savannah’s busy shipping port. During the Civil War, the canal was little used. After the war, local lumber companies started