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9 of the oldest buildings in the U.S.

By: Josh Lew on March 18, 2015, 11:50 a.m.
Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde

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We have a fascination with ancient buildings. The Great Pyramids, the Colosseum, the Parthenon — these places draw visitors from all over the world. It’s a commonly held belief that no such places exist in the United States.

Remnants of pre-Columbian civilization survive in America, but these are few and far between, and the most notable examples, from the Incan and Mayan empires, are outside the U.S. But examples of ancient architecture do exist in America, and plenty of them are habitable — some entering their third or fourth century of life — just waiting for your next road trip. (That's Mesa Verde shown at left.)

Here are nine of the oldest buildings in the U.S. (Text: Josh Lew)