Tourists love to visit the National Mall Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., but few know that the National Park Service site is threatened by rising sea levels and outdated infrastructure.
Visitors to Nashville’s Music Row may not realize that many historic buildings where hits were produced are being demolished in favor of new development.
And sacred artifacts — some dating back 8,000 years — near Bears Ears and Canyons of the Ancients national monuments in southeastern Utah are being threatened by oil and gas extraction.
Although they’re known for their historic significance, these spots are all in danger, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. That’s why they’re included among well-known and forgotten historic sites on the National Trust’s 2019 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
The 32nd annual list includes a mix of historic and culturally important sites in the United States threatened by forces from deferred maintenance and insensitive public policies to devastation wrought by natural disasters.
“We have published the annual 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list every year since 1988 to encourage people to get involved in saving threatened and irreplaceable historic treasures across America,” said Katherine Malone-France, interim chief preservation officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
“This year, we’re proud to include historic places that range from the archaeologically rich canyons of southeast Utah to iconic Post-Modern skyscrapers in downtown Chicago to the increasingly threatened National Mall Tidal Basin in America’s Front Yard,” she said.
“As it has since the first list, we look forward to how this 11 Most Endangered List will inspire Americans all over the country to get active, save these and other places in their communities, and not let today’s historic treasure become tomorrow’s profound regret.”