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Re-visit some of the earliest and historically-significant locations and landmarks in Second Life.


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SL Historical Museum

SL Historical Museum

Learn about the origins of Second Life and see displays of historical artifacts, images, and notecards that have been instrumental in shaping SL. Wear a free, fully-customizable avatar of our Primitar "ancestors" and relive magic from the early days.

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Beta Contributor Wall

Beta Contributor Wall

Second Life continues to grow thanks to its Residents, and this monument recognizes the early "beta pioneers" who helped make the baby steps possible and pushed SL into the public eye (in hand — get it?). Head north to find a public sandbox that's still used to create content, and farther north to check out what an old Welcome Area used to look like.

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The Man

The Man

"The Man" statue is one of the only surviving objects from the original "Linden Town" area that was developed in Second Life during the earliest Alpha stage of its development. At times, The Man has served as a shrine where miscellaneous offerings were left, and a celebration of the creativity SL was founded upon.

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Governor Linden's Mansion

Governor Linden's Mansion

Home to the mythical Governor who's as elusive as Bigfoot, this Second Life heritage home hasn't changed much since its inception in 2002. It remains one of the few preserved examples of what inworld architecture was like back in the day. Come visit and find out how early pioneers survived before sculpted prims, then stroll to the basement for a time capsule of vintage goods.

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Climbable Beanstalk

Climbable Beanstalk

One of the oldest objects in SL is a beanstalk, created by Steller Sunshine in 2003. An influential model of organic shapes in a whimsical style, Steller used to hold contests challenging Residents to jump from leaf to leaf — can you make it to the top?

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Stillman Giant Bears

Stillman Giant Bears

These cuddly behemoths have welcomed travelers from all walks of Second Life to old Stillman, whether they were flying as avatars or arriving via zeppelin tours. Behind the bears, you can tour the legendary Ivory Tower of Primitives, where many generations of Residents have learned to build, and the freebie Bazaar and The Man statue are also worth sightseeing.

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Baffin Island

Baffin Island

This island has seen many significant events, from its time as a welcoming spot for teen Residents "graduating" to adulthood to the hills used in Linden Lab ad promos for the then-new WindLight graphics. An abandoned library-turned-coffee shop is at the heart of it all, reminding us of how virtual connections can transform into real-life friendships.

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Boardman Themed Community

Boardman Themed Community

Before Linden Homes, there was Boardman, an early experiment of a themed community in a gentle suburban style. Don't be surprised that the zoning guidelines date back to January 2003, and should you run across any of the locals, they're mighty friendly, so ask if they'll share their stories.

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Pooley Foot

Pooley Foot

Once a remote site where applicants for the first Linden Liaison team were interviewed, curious events caused the island to transform into a rather big foot. This isn't the only cultural spot in the area: head north to see what an early Orientation Island looked like, and eastward are stages that were used for early town hall chats.

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Mocha Cathedral

Mocha Cathedral

One of the first examples of detailed texturing dating back to the cusp of 2004, this cathedral proved hugely influential to successive generations of Second Life creators focused on realistic "brick and mortar" builds. Residents still use the prayer candles in memory of loved ones today.

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