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These ruins in New York’s Harriman State Park were the mansion of George Briggs Buchanan. Briggs built this summer home in 1923. He was the VP of the Corn Products Refining Co., which manufactured Karo syrup. The name he gave his mansion, “Orak,” is Karo spelled backward. In 1939, Briggs died and his heirs eventually sold Orak to the Park Commission. The home, gardens and out-buildings were rented to Park employees until 1973, when they were demolished.

For information on how to hike to the Orak ruins, click here.

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