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Unfamiliar Land

Three stories of atomic tourism. An abandoned Cold War research laboratory in the forests of Georgia. A mysterious pyramid looming over a North Dakotan farming town. A desert road trip exploring scientific and military oddities. Join me as I explore the history behind America’s nuclear age.

Unfamiliar Land

Three stories of atomic tourism. An abandoned Cold War research laboratory in the forests of Georgia. A mysterious pyramid looming over a North Dakotan farming town. A desert road trip exploring scientific and military oddities. Join me as I explore the history behind America’s nuclear age.


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Velkristan’s Nirvana

Portland, OR — Artifacts from the Kcymaerxthaere dimension can be found all over the world. The closest to me is Velkristan’s Nirvana, a place where the pure of heart can glimpse the Velkri Cane Springs.

Sumpter Valley Gold Dredge

Sumpter, OR — Sumpter is a town filled with relics of the gold rush era, including three mining dredges. One is restored and preserved in time. The other two were left to decay in the elements… if you know where to look.

International Outbreak Museum

Portland, OR — Infectious material, foodborne pathogens and bioterrorism artifacts. The International Outbreak Museum is one scientist’s personal collection of everything contagious.

Kan’ei-ji Temple Insect Memorial

Tokyo, Japan — There’s a curious memorial hidden at the Kan’ei-ji temple. Look carefully and you'll find a monument dedicated to insects that have died in the study of science.

Devil Boat

Arco, ID — Arco seems like an unremarkable small town at first glance. That’s why it’s a shock to see a submarine sail rising from the ground, emblazoned with the numbers ‘666’.

Orenco Woods Nature Park

Hillsboro, OR — These stickwork sculptures would be mildly terrifying if you stumbled across them in the middle of the forest.

Stone Cats at San Pablo Ridge

Richmond, CA — Stone cat sculptures play among the crumbling foundations of this Cold War era Nike missile radar station, and no one knows who’s putting them there.

Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility

Cooperstown, ND — This decommissioned Minuteman Missile Alert Facility is now a Cold War museum, where you can take a tour of the underground Launch Control Center.

Kam Wah Chung & Co.

John Day, OR — The Kam Wah Chung & Co. building is a time capsule of a community mostly forgotten by history — Oregon’s early Chinese immigrants.

Pueblo Mountains B-24D Crash

Harney County, OR — On January 9th, 1945, a rancher in Eastern Oregon watched a bomber fly low over the Pueblo Mountains. Seconds later it crashed, killing all eleven men on board.

Derrick Cave

Lake County, OR — Derrick Cave is located on the edge of Deschutes National Forest in Central Oregon. Even in this remote location, this cave has had an unusual role in history.

Heinold’s Saloon

Oakland, CA — Built with lumber from a whaling ship in 1883, Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon is famous for being the inspiration for many of Jack London’s stories.

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