Nov. 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But if you’re a cash-strapped history buff, you don’t have to go to Berlin to witness a slice of communist memorabilia. Since the fall, parts of the infamous 90-mile long concrete divider have been scattered around the globe. Whether sold as mementos or installed as public monuments, these concrete slabs are Cold War relics worth a second look.
Nov. 9 marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. But if you’re a cash-strapped history buff, there's no need to travel to Berlin for the chance to peruse some communist memorabilia.
After the wall was smashed to the ground, pieces of the 90-mile concrete structure were sold as souvenirs, shipped off to different cities around the world and installed as monuments.
Large sections were donated to various museums, including the Imperial War Museum in London and Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
There are other wall segments in California, including just outside the San Jose Foreign Ministry building and a 10-segment long section—the longest outside of Berlin—open to view in Los Angeles.
But the most curious wall segment installation may be in a men’s bathroom at the Main Street Station Casino, Brewery and Hotel in Las Vegas. Three urinals have been mounted right into the concrete slabs.
So, if you’re going to the restroom or stopping by a park and see an unusual concrete slab, look closer—you may be standing next to European history.