In the late 1800s and early 20th century, the history of the world was drastically changed when the average person was given a new option: long-distance travel. Before then, most people lived and died within a few miles of their homes, but with the advent of trains, ocean liners, and air travel, the world opened up.
Our ancestors knew what a miraculous gift it was to be able to travel safely far from home, and they built fabulous monuments that proudly declared this new possibility and boasted about the technological prowess that made it happen. Anything was possible.
Today, a few of those glorious monuments remain, although sometimes they have been repurposed into less optimistic uses. Here are a few survivors from the glory days of travel have withstood the test of time to be with us today: