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If you like random, the Sputnik IV is here to entertain you for a couple minutes. The brass ring in the middle of 8th street marks the spot where a small glob of metal crashed. Now, go see the USS Cobia submarine at the Wisconsin...More
The Sputnik Crash Site consists of a plaque set into the sidewalk and a small ring in the middle of the road showing where the satellite landed. It's worth taking a couple of minutes to stop by for a quick photo op, but not going...More
There is a plaque in the sidewalk attesting to the fact that a remnant of Sputnik IV was recovered nearby. There is no placard or storyboard or anything explaining the activity or what the satellite was.
While the ring in the road and/or the plaque might not mean anything to some, if one grew up in the 1960s and like quirky things, it is worth a stop just because of how the world was then. Don’t travel too far out of...More
If you stop at the Rahr-West Museum, go outside by the 8th Street in front of the museum to see the spot where the Sputnik crashed. There is a steel ring in the street marking the spot where it landed.
I implemented this as a vacation 'easter egg' for my family to find while we were on our trip. My husband was the one who found it, and he was also the only one who understood and appreciated its significance. It did spark the conversation...More