12 of the Oldest U.S. Structures!

These structures have survived the harshest winters and scorching summers, flooding and lightning strikes, making their histories undeniably interesting. Sandy Hook Lighthouse was built in 1764 and stands as a beacon to incoming ships, spreading it’s soft glow across the bay. In June of 1766, the lighthouse sustained damage after being struck by lightning, according to Lighthousefriends.com. Shore erosion continuously moves the lighthouse further from Sandy Hook’s tip; once just 500 feet away, it now lies over a mile and a half away. However, shore erosion is not deemed a threat to the beautiful lighthouse. Sandy Hook is the oldest operating lightouse in the U.S. (Photo Credit: Flickr/ Jussi (Nesster)) Construction of the regal Castillo San Felipe del Morro began in 1529 and was not completed until 1787, according to the National Park Service. The fort was damaged by the 1787 Boricua earthquake, estimated to be between 8.0-8.5 magnitude, and sustained damage to walls, guardhouses and cisterns. It is a popular attraction today and stands like a gem over San Juan Bay. (Photo Credit: Flickr/Breezy Baldwin (breezy421)) Santa Fe’s Palace of the Governors is a 400-year-old adobe structure built as a governmental seat by the Spanish in the early 17th century. The building’s cement stucco walls are crumbling, having withstood heat soaring into the 100s, wildfires, floods and intense thunderstorms. However, a project to restore the building has commenced, and the walls will be replaced with breathable lime stucco, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. (Photo Credit: Robert Wilson/Boonlong1) The foundation for the famous Alamo was laid in 1744, just 20 years after it was established near present-day San...

Frigid Temperatures Turn Nantucket Water To Slurpee Waves

It has been so frigid outside when photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh was on the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, that he was able to capture a truly incredible act of nature at its coldest: The mighty waves of the Atlantic ocean freezing over. “I saw these crazy half-frozen waves. Usually on a summer day you can hear the waves crashing, but it was absolutely silent. It was like I had earplugs in my ears.” It’s pretty remarkable he was there to capture these amazing images of the Atlantic-mid-freeze. The Atlantic Ocean had become a giant salty, slurpee. A week later, Nimerfroh returned to the beach – which was colder by a few more degrees still – “nothing was moving. There were no waves anymore.” With snow up to his knees, Nimerfroh trekked to the water where he noticed a “really bizarre horizon.” The high that day was 19˚F (-7.2˚C) and it hadn’t gotten much higher than that for a few weeks. Source: Boredom...

Oymyakon, Russia – The Coldest Town On Earth!

Photographer Amos Chapple set out to discover exactly what it takes to live in Oymyakon, Russia, the coldest town on Earth, where the record low reached -96.16° F. The people of Oymyakon take great pride in being locals. But even they shut things down when the thermometer drops below -58° F. Livestock is a vital part of life in Oymyakon. Getting cold feet yet? The cold made it extremely difficult to operate the camera. Chapple had to hold his breath so the frozen cloud of air wouldn’t obscure the shot. Also, the frigid temperatures began to make focusing the camera a chore since they froze the mechanisms in the lens. The only way to Oymyakon is the perilous “Road of Bones,” which is a barren two day trip (and also a Metallica album, probably). The ground is too cold for burials. When someone passes away, a fire must be lit before a grave can be dug, in order to heat the ground. This general store is the only source of items for the entire town. The attendants at this gas station work in 2 week shifts: 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off. If you turn off your engine here, it won’t be restarting – the cold is too intense. Chapple first had to stop off in the nearest city, Yaktusk, where he met a number of residents. In the native language, Oymyakon means “unfrozen water,” which likely reference to the hot springs in town that reindeer herders used to visit. Surprisingly, the city’s population is around 300,000. The average temperature in the winter is -30° F (!) Cars must...

Amazing Metal that Repels Water!

Researchers at the University of Rochester have created a type of metal surface that can repel water using “laser patterning techniques.” The superhydrophobic surfaces are more more efficient at keeping water away than the traditional coating commonly applied to cookware metals. Those surfaces must be tilted to a 70-degree angle before liquid slides off. Comparatively, this water-repellant surface requires little or even no angle, according to...