Mini Tour

Angels Flight

Angels Flight

Los Angeles, California

A funicular covering the 315 feet of incline between South Hill Street and South Olive Steet, sometimes called the shortest railway in the world. Each one-way ride costs $1.

Cross Island Chapel

Cross Island Chapel

Oneida, New York

The smallest church in the world, floating in the middle of Mason Pond. It’s not affiliated with any denomination and can seat two.

Cuexcomate

Cuexcomate

Pueblo, Mexico

This formally-inactive geyser is affectionately called the smallest volcano in the world. You can descend right inside it.

Ebenezer Place

Ebenezer Place

Wick, Scotland

A door on the Mackays hotel that faced the intersection of River St. and Union St. was given its own address on its own street. The resulting Ebenezer Place is the shortest street in the world, at 6 feet 9 inches long.

Hess Estate Triangle

Hess Estate Triangle

Manhattan, New York

David Hess defiantly installed this tile mosaic declaring the small triangle of land his private property, while the city bought surrounding land to build the subway. From 1922 until 1938, it was the smallest piece of private property in New York.

El Marco Bridge

El Marco Bridge

El Marco, Spain

The smallest international bridge in the world, over the Abrilongo River between Spain and Portugal. It’s about 10 feet long and in the small village of El Marco, which spans both countries.

Mill Ends Park

Mill Ends Park

Portland, Oregon

The smallest municipal park in the world, in a hole for a lightpost that was never installed. Oregon Journal columnist Dick Fagan christened it the biggest leprechaun colony west of Ireland in 1948.

Newby-McMahon Building

Newby-McMahon Building

Wichita Falls, Texas

This building’s architect swindled investors with blueprints scaled by inches instead of feet. It’s four stories tall instead of forty-eight and comically narrow, making it the shortest skyscraper in the world.

Ochopee Post Office

Ochopee Post Office

Ochopee, FL

A former closet of irrigation pipes is now the smallest functioning post office in the country. There’s room for only one postal worker, who serves the surrounding 130 miles of the Everglades.

Prada Marfa

Prada Marfa

Valentine, Texas

The smallest Prada store, out in the middle of the Texas desert. There are shoes and purses from the Fall 2005 collection on display, but the doors are sealed shut — it’s actually an art installation, part of nearby art community Marfa.

Sark Prison

Sark Prison

Sark, Guernsey

The smallest prison, with capacity for two inmates and still used when needed.

Somerset Bridge

Somerset Bridge

Sandys, Bermuda

The world’s smallest drawbridge, spanning just a 22-inch gap and operated by hand. Only the masts of small sailboats can pass through.

Sutter Buttes

Sutter Buttes

Yuba City, California

Remnants of a dormant volcano near the top of California’s central valley. They’re known as the smallest mountain range in the world, covering about 75 square miles.

Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb Island

Thousand Islands, Canada

The smallest of the Thousand Islands, managing to support a tree and stay above water year-round.


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