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Weird History

There's A Failed Mount Rushmore In The Middle Of Virginia

Between the Statue of Liberty in New York and South Dakota's Mount Rushmore, the concrete heads of 42 US presidents lie deteriorating in a Virginia field. And the Presidents Park statues have only grown more popular since the short-lived attraction shut down in 2010 due to lack of attendance. Rather than symbols of American history, the heads are now another remnant of an abandoned amusement park.

Presidents Park was envisioned as an educational landmark dedicated to preserving the memory of America's presidents. The busts - from George Washington to George W. Bush - allowed visitors to approach them, inspect the detailed faces, and compare the likenesses to actual presidential photos. Instead of being destroyed when the park closed, however, the heads were moved to a nearby field where they still sit - waiting for another chance to stare blankly at tourists.

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