Special Report

50 Most Popular National Monuments

de soto national memorial
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30. De Soto National Memorial
> Average annual visitors: 340,849
> Location: Florida
> Established: 3/11/1948
> Purpose: Commemorates landing of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and the first European exploration of the southern U.S.

Fort Pulaski
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29. Fort Pulaski National Monument
> Average annual visitors: 387,644
> Location: Georgia
> Established: 10/15/1924
> Purpose: Marks the first successful use of rifled cannons, which made brick fortifications obsolete in the Civil War.

Beautiful Devils Tower
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28. Devils Tower National Monument
> Average annual visitors: 429,846
> Location: Wyoming
> Established: 9/24/1906
> Purpose: Marks a dramatic rising of igneous rock sacred to Lakota and other tribes.

Wright Brothers monument at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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27. Wright Brothers National Memorial
> Average annual visitors: 445,554
> Location: Ohio
> Established: 3/2/1927
> Purpose: Marks location of first sustained heavier-than-air machine flight.

Montezuma Castle Cliff Dwelings
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26. Montezuma Castle National Monument
> Average annual visitors: 448,356
> Location: Arizona
> Established: 12/8/1906
> Purpose: Preserves cliff-dwellings built by Sinagua people around 1400 AD.

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