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  • 2010 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

    The <a href="http://www.preservationnation.org/" target="external">National Trust for Historic Preservation</a> just unveiled its annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places that highlights important examples of the nation's architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. <br/> The list starts with the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/frsp/wilder.htm" target="external">Wilderness Battlefield</a> in Orange and Spotsylvania Counties, Virginia. It was one the most significant and bloodiest engagements of the Civil War and marked the first time that legendary generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant faced off against one another. Walmart wants to built a 240,000-square-foot store within the historic boundaries of battlefield.
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  • 2010 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

    The Threefoot Building, in Meridian, Miss., has been a mainstay of downtown for 80 years. Although a developer expressed interest in rehabilitating the 16-story, art deco, granite-clad building, the city has been unable to provide gap financing or other incentives, and locals fear that Threefoot may be demolished.
    Courtesy Mississippi Heritage Trust, via The National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2010 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

    Along the shores of Lake Michigan, the 2,500 acres that comprise the <a href="http://www.saugatuckdunescoastalalliance.com/" target="external">Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Area</a> boast a spectacular, sparsely-developed landscape of sand dunes, water, woods and wetlands. Home to several endangered species and a large number of significant historic and archeological sites, the Michigan area is threatened by a proposed 400-acre, residential development that would include a marina, hotel, restaurant and retail complex.
    Courtesy Bill Werme, via The National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2010 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

    The island of Guam, the westernmost United States territory in the Pacific, is home to the Chamorro people, who maintain a thriving culture dating back thousands of years. With the United States military's announced plans for a massive buildup on the island, many residents are concerned about the potentially devastating impact on the island's cultural resources, including one of Guam's most treasured sites, the ancient Chamorro settlement of <a href="http://savepagatvillage.com/" target="external">Pagat</a>.
    Courtesy Kie Susuico, via The National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2010 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

    This year, nearly 30 states have experienced cuts to parks' and sites' budgets, and a recent survey estimates as many as 400 state parks could close. These state park systems include places of national significance -- Native American historic sites, Revolutionary War forts, Civil War battlefields and country estates -- and welcome an estimated 725 million visits every year. Here is <a href=" http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=592" target="external">Montana de Oro State Park</a> in California.
    Courtesy Steve Sieren, via National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2010 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

    Spanning 37.5 distinctive miles and celebrated for its diverse collection of decorative bridges and lush, natural landscaping, Connecticut's <a href="http://www.merrittparkway.org/" target="external">Merritt Parkway</a> remains, 70 years after it was constructed, one of America's most scenic roads. To accommodate increased traffic on the parkway, the cash-strapped Connecticut Department of Transportation is not performing necessary maintenance and has moved to realign roads, replace bridges and redesign interchanges, all at the cost of the parkway's unique character.
    Eric Seplowitz-Captured Light Photography, via The National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2010 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

    In the heart of Silicon Valley stands the oldest structure in Palo Alto, the <a href="http://www.brioneshouse.org/" target="external">Juana Briones House</a>. Built by one of the original Hispanic residents of San Francisco, a pioneering woman who was a rancher, traditional healer and entrepreneur. The 1844 adobe home is a rare reminder of California's rich Spanish and Mexican history. Today, this California State Historic Landmark sits abandoned, deteriorated, exposed to the elements and threatened by demolition.
    Courtesy The National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2010 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

    For nearly a century, this dramatic trapezoidal exposition space with natural skylights, intricate roof trusses and a four-story fountained interior has showcased the best of Lincoln, Neb. Despite its long, proud history, the <a href="http://savetheiab.com/default.aspx" target="external">Industrial Arts Building</a> soon will meet the wrecking ball unless a developer steps forward to rescue and reuse the building.
    Courtesy Nebraska State Historical Society, via The National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2010 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

    Once the pride of Paterson, N.J., <a href="http://www.hinchliffestadium.org/" target="external">Hinchliffe Stadium</a> is one of the last surviving ball parks of baseball's Negro League. Today, the 10,000-seat, poured-concrete, art deco stadium that was home to the New York Black Yankees and legendary player Larry Doby, is closed and dangerously deteriorated.
    Courtesy Gianfranco Archimede, via The National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2010 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

    Nestled at the base of Eastern Kentucky's rugged <a href="http://www.harlancountytrails.com/" target="external">Black Mountain</a>, the historic mining towns of Benham and Lynch are working hard to define a future beyond coal. The towns, which have revitalized their main streets and created well-respected heritage tourism sites, now face the threat of multiple surface and deep-mining permits on and around Black Mountain -- a move that could be tremendously harmful to Black Mountain's natural beauty, fragile ecology and growing tourism industry.
    Courtesy Roy Silver, via The National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2010 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

    A major landmark of African American heritage and one of the most important religious institutions in the United States, <a href="http://www.metropolitanamec.org/" target="external">Metropolitan A.M.E. Church's</a> red brick Victorian Gothic-style building in Washington D.C., completed in 1886, hosted the funeral of congregant Frederick Douglass in 1895 and Rosa Parks a century later. Years of water infiltration and damage caused in part by adjacent construction projects have compromised the structure, prompting the dedicated congregation to launch a national capital campaign to rescue and restore this irreplaceable house of worship.
    Courtesy Alton Green, via The National Trust for Historic Preservation
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