As Sunday afternoon rolled round, Americans who might normally dread the arrival of another Monday instead busied themselves preparing for the first total coast-to-coast solar eclipse in nearly a century.
the locations where the sun will appear to be completely blotted out by the moon, with only a thin corona of light visible. Dozens of festivals and gatherings were planned in the eastern and central parts of Oregon — such as the Oregon Eclipse Festival at the Big Summit Prairie Ranch.
, which is about 70 miles wide. And crowds from all over flocked toward those areas in a rush to get a good seat for the big show. Above, a map shows the hometowns of travelers visiting Madras, Ore., for the event.