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U.S. Customhouse
Monterey, CA, USA

Erected in 1827 by the Mexican Government, this Monterey Colonial structure is the oldest public building standing on the West Coast. Until 1845, this was the only custom house north of Mexico: Every trading vessel plying the coast of California was compelled to enter its cargo at the Monterey port. It was here, on July 7, 1846, that Commodore John D. Stoat, commander of the U.S. Pacific Squadron, raised the American flag and officially proclaimed California a part of the United States.

U.S. Customhouse and Post Office
St. Louis, MO, USA

Constructed between 1873 and 1884, this is one of two surviving examples of the huge Federal buildings in the French Second Empire style designed by Alfred B. Mullet, Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury in the post Civil-War era. Along with the Old Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, this is representative of a style important in Federally sponsored architecture of the period.

Deadwood Historic District
Deadwood, SD, USA

The site of a rich gold strike in 1875, Deadwood retains its mining town atmosphere. Many original buildings remain. While Deadwood is one of the most highly publicized mining towns of the trans-Mississippi West, much of its fame rests on the famous or infamous characters that passed through.

Long Wharf and Customhouse Block
Boston, MA, USA

Commemorates the mercantile history of Boston, one of America's major ports. The original Long Wharf (1710-21) was the city's busiest pier for many years. Customhouse Block (1848), a massive granite structure, was built during Boston's commercial zenith.