Archive for May, 2007

Clock Tower (Big Ben)

Filed under: Landmarks, United Kingdom

The Clock Tower, which is widely known as Big Ben, is located at the Northeastern end of the Houses of Parliament in London.  It has become a worldwide symbol for London and the United Kingdom.

The hour hand on each clock face is 9 feet long and the minute hand is 14 feet long.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Filed under: Florida, Theme Parks

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a roller-coaster type ride at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida.  There are also rides with the same name at Disneyland (California), Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.  The Magic Kingdom ride opened in 1980.

It is based on Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

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Tower of London

Filed under: Historical, United Kingdom

The Tower of London is a historic monument in London.  It is a complex of buildings within walls and a moat.  It is most famous for being the place where the Crown Jewels are kept.  It has also been a prison, zoo, treasury.  It dates back to 1078 when it was founded by William the Conqueror.

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Field Museum of Natural History

Filed under: Illinois, Museums

The Field Museum of Natural History is located in Chicago, Illinois.  It is named after Marshall Field who was a major donor that provided a large portion of the funds required to start the museum in the early 1900′s.  It was originally known as the Columbian Museum of Chicago.

The museum is home to Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton known to exist.

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Cutty Sark

Filed under: Ships and Vessels, United Kingdom

The Cutty Sark was one of the last clippers to be built.  It was built in 1869 in Scotland.  It is now a museum in Greenwich in London.  It inspired a brand of whisky.  On May 2007 it was extensively damaged by a fire while undergoing renovation.

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Museum of Flight

Filed under: Museums, Washington

The Museum of Flight is located in Seattle, Washington at Boeing Field.  The museum exists to acquire, preserve and exhibit historically significant air and space artifacts.  There are more than 150 aircraft and spacecraft on display as well as the “Red Barn”, Boeing’s first manufacturing facility.

Some of the aircraft on display include:

  • First prototype Boeing 747 Airliner
  • First presidential jet
  • British Airways Concorde number 214
  • a Caproni CA 20, the first fighter plane
  • LearAvia Lear Fan prototype
  • Albatross human-powered aircraft
  • one of five Aerocards

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