5 Sites of American History You Forgot About from History Class


When most people think of sites from American History, they would think of popular monuments like the U.S Capitol, the white house and the Empire State Building.

However, there are many other historical sites that are either not mentioned in class or are only talked about in passing but are nevertheless important. A few of such monuments are below:

  1. Black Mountain: Black Mountain is a small town in North Carolina and is located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The land was originally a settlement for the Cherokees. The land saw a great influx of people after the revolutionary war and continued to thrive in the years ahead.

Black Mountain is also famous for Black Mountain College which was founded in 1933 by John A. Rice and was famous for its emphasis on the arts as a   part of students’ curriculum as well as dividing upkeep tasks among the students as well as staff.

  1. Travelers Rest: Travelers’ rest is located in South Carolina between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Greenville.

It derived its name due to being located close to the border to the North Carolina Mountains. In old times, travelers would rest there before continuing with their journeys and hence the name.

Besides this history, travelers’ rest is also home to several historic places such as the John H. Goodwin House and the George Salmon House. It is also home to the site of Dicey Langston’s house.

  1. The oldest surviving McDonalds: It cannot be argued that McDonald’s is an essential part of both American culture and in many ways, American history.

While this might not be talked about in History lessons in schools, the oldest surviving McDonald’s is located in Downey, California. It was the third McDonalds franchise to be opened by the oldest that still survives.

It is a drive-thru that attracts food enthusiasts and tourists alike and was deemed eligible for addition to the National Register of Historic Places.

  1. Montezuma Castle: This a national monument that preserves historic cave dwellings that are located in Camp Verde in Arizona.

The camp was built and used by the Singuana people. These people were part of a culture that existed before modern-day Columbia that also included other indigenous people in the Southwestern United States.

The castle comprises of five stories and twenty rooms. It is believed that the structure was built over the course of 300 years.

  1. The Newseum: This is a museum that was built for the promotion of freedom of expression and the first amendment to the United States Constitution.

It features a front pages’ section that features front pages of newspapers from around the world. There are many other galleries such as world press freedom, the history of the internet, TV and radio.

It first opened in Virginia in 1997 but opened in its current location mm 2008.


There are many historical sites that you might have missed in history class in school if they were mentioned at all. Fortunately, just like the ones above, many are open to history lovers and the public alike.