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    Most iconic landmarks/images in your state

    If one does an image search for 'Kentucky', it doesn't matter what search engine you use, chances are an image of Churchill Downs will appear on the first page. It would appear the homeplace of the Kentucky Derby is the state's most iconic landmark. I guess that may not be entirely surprising, but it's interesting how an entire state can sometimes be painted with a single brush like that. Seems that other states, though might be harder to sum up with a single easily recognizable image of a landmark that says "xxx (location)". California or New York come to mind here. Part of the difficulty comes from the fact that most states have fairly diverse environments and people, and while a picture of, say, the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty may say "New York City" to most people, Manhattan hardly typifies the character of the state. Texas, on the other hand, while diverse in its' environment and people, seems more readily summed up with an iconic image of the Alamo and all it represents.

    What is the most iconic landmark in your state (or area if you live in a bigger state)?

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    I guess the most iconic would have to be the Space Needle. Pretty pathetic though, we have much better images/landmarks in Washington State.
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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    I guess the most iconic would have to be the Space Needle. Pretty pathetic though, we have much better images/landmarks in Washington State.
    Another interesting point you hint at....is the most iconic landmark a part of the built or the natural environment?

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    Texas - Has to be the Alamo although some might think it was Southfork. Jerry Jones would like it to be Cowboys Stadium.
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    Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Smoky Mountains would be the tops here. Hardly see any state publication without one or both of those things.
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and the Smoky Mountains would be the tops here. Hardly see any state publication without one or both of those things.
    Planit hit on the right response formula...let's break this into two categories:
    1) natural feature and 2) built environment.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Planit hit on the right response formula...let's break this into two categories:
    1) natural feature and 2) built environment.
    For Texas, the natural feature would just have to be the shape of the state. Nothing says Texas like unless it's a longhorn steer.
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    Illinois:

    Natural Feature: Prairie? Cornfields?

    Built Environment: Chicago skyline
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    For California:

    Man-made: Hollywood sign, Golden Gate Bridge
    Natural: mountain that the Hollywood sign is on, Golden Gate strait
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    Hmmmm

    Natural Feature is easy: Grand Canyon
    Built Feature.....ah......um......hmm......Route 66? Maybe that telescope down near Tucson? How about that Bio Dome place?
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    Devil's Tower or Grand Teton
    nothing really noteworthy from the built environment.
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    A mountain goat on Logan Pass or one of our fast-disappearing glaciers in Glacier National Park.

    For the built environment (man-made) maybe the statue of Thomas Meagher that is in front of the State Capitol, or the Berkley Pit in Butte.
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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    I guess the most iconic would have to be the Space Needle. Pretty pathetic though, we have much better images/landmarks in Washington State.
    I think the natural landmark has to be Mt. Rainier.
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    Florida

    Natural: A beach, more specifically maybe South Beach or any nice tropical looking beach

    Built environment: Cinderella's Castle
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Texas - Has to be the Alamo although some might think it was Southfork. Jerry Jones would like it to be Cowboys Stadium.
    I found this rather quintessentially Texan image....


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    For NH, it fell 8 years ago this week...



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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I found this rather quintessentially Texan image....
    Egregious foul...
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    Utah
    Man Made - LDS Temple in Salt Lake City / Snowbird ski area tram
    Natural - Arches National Park

    Colorado
    Man Made - Bronco at south end of Mile High Stadium /
    Natural - Pike's Peak / view of the FlatIrons from CU Boulder campus

    New Jersey
    Man Made - Barneget Lighthouse
    Natural - Pine Barrens

    Indiana
    Man Made - Speedway
    Natural - Brown County Hills
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    Quote Originally posted by Rygor View post
    Built Environment: Chicago skyline
    Preferably an oblique angle airphoto from around 2000 feet centered on the Hancock building with Lake Michigan as the backdrop. That's iconic Chicago.

    For the rest of the state, however, this comes a little closer to the mark...

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    Ok.....

    Colorado
    Natural: Maroon Bells
    Man Made: Air Force Academy Pointy Building
    http://www.hanscomfamily.com/wp-cont...23-575x426.jpg

    Nebraska
    Natural: Scottsbluff
    Man Made: That BIG RED N you see everywhere

    North Dakota:
    Natural: Flat Land
    Man Made: State Capitol Building

    Arkansas:
    Natural: A lot of trees
    Man Made: Walmart Sign
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    It seems the most iconic piece of the built environment from Michigan that seems to be used in advertising all over is the Mackinac Bridge. Even though it's used all over on advertising, I'd imagine that a good majority of non-Michiganders who see it have no idea that it's in Michigan and many of those that know it's here probably think it's somewhere near Detroit and not 300 miles north of Detroit of the city.
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    Oregon:

    Crater Lake
    Made in Oregon White Stag sign, probably. Too many lighthouses to pick one.

    Arkansas:

    Buffalo River
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    Quote Originally posted by The One View post
    Colorado
    Man Made: Air Force Academy Pointy Building
    http://www.hanscomfamily.com/wp-cont...23-575x426.jpg

    Nebraska
    Natural: Scottsbluff
    1. That is the Chapel.
    The Cadet Chapel was awarded the American Institute of Architects' National Twenty-five Year Award in 1996[2] and, as part of the Cadet Area, was named a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 2004
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...y_Cadet_Chapel

    2. Better yet is Chimney Rock, that was on the their state quarter.
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    Missouri is pretty easy:

    Man made: the Gateway Arch

    Natural: The Missouri River, although The Ozarks could be an alternative
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    Virginia would have to be...

    Built environment: Monticello

    Natural environment: Toss up between Natural Bridge and Luray Caverns
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