14 Great Alternate Histories Of The World From “Alternate Histories Of The World”

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1. The Mystery of Stonehenge

“This discovery also solved the local mystery of the disappearing
Wiltshire cattle.”

2. The Great Golem of Jerusalem

“Separating fact from religious belief is a tricky proposition for
any historian.”

3. The Beast of Boston Harbor

“European artist Franz Xaver Habermann created this engraving sometime in the early 1770s. It shows the early days of Boston Harbor and is designed to emulate the feel of a typical European city and create sympathy for the colonies.”

4. The Surrender of the British at Yorktown

“The fiercely loyal and intelligent dragons, commanded by Cornwallis himself, were the scourge of the colonies until the creation of Franklin’s steam-powered army.”

5. Chicago in 1820

“Although many know it either as a cosmopolitan metropolis or as the hog-butchering capital of the world, most people are not familiar with Chicago’s rough and tumble beginnings.”

6. The Destruction of the Washington Monument

“The first Monument, completed in 1862, was attacked and
destroyed soon after by ‘Potomac Patty,’ the local river monster.”

7. A Portrait of the Presidents circa 1865

“In addition to stalwarts like Washington & Jefferson, this picture
includes several rare and now-forgotten figures like
William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, John Adams and
Zombie John Adams (who served non-consecutive terms),
Zachary Taylor, Metallo the Mechanical Man, Mallard Fillmore,
and Rondo the Amazing!”

8. “A Lover’s Ramble, Interrupted”

“Oh to be walking in the quiet countryside with your one true love, blissfully unaware of the ravenous creature in the lake about to interrupt your idyll.”

9. The Monster That Made Milwaukee Famous

“At the turn of the century, the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company estimated that they lost 1,200 barrels to the wily sea creature in one year alone.”

10. The Colossus of Akron

“Of particular interest is the portrait of the Buckeye, Mower, & Reaper farm machinery works, as well as the attack on the Akron Knife Works by the town’s eponymous colossal monster.”

11. View of Pittsburgh circa 1902

“This hand-drawn view of Pittsburgh includes a key to such interesting items as the Exposition buildings, various railroad terminals, and Minnie the Monongahela Monster.”

12. Indiana State House

“The crowning feature of the building is its Italian-inspired dome, seen here in 1904 after a brush with a low-flying Martian space-craft.”

13. The Invisible Gentleman’s Association of Philadelphia

“The Philadelphia charter of this organization was rumored to be
one of the most populous in the country, although exact
bookkeeping was problematic.”

14. Inauguration of Vilnar the Destroyer

“Vilnar narrowly defeated incumbent Calvin Coolidge in a
highly contested race that saw vicious debate over the
growth of federal power and the molecular disintegration
of Coolidge’s vice president during a debate.”

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