Route 66 Makes It Onto a Dubious List

It's one of 11 historic US sites considered 'endangered'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2018 9:15 AM CDT
11 Historic Sites on America's 'Endangered' List
Can America's "Mother Road" be saved?   (Getty Images/Grafissimo)

Hundreds of historic sites have found their way over the past three decades onto the annual "endangered sites" list put out by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and this year's lineup includes one of America's most famous thoroughfares. Route 66 joins 10 other cultural or architectural gems that are considered at risk for a variety of reasons, from natural disasters to shoddy planning. In the case of our "Mother Road," which winds through eight states, unless the US government offers it certain protections by designating it a National Historic Trail, "a vital preservation opportunity may be lost." All of this year's endangered sites here:

  • Annapolis' City Dock area (Annapolis, Md.)
  • Ashley River Historic District (Charleston, SC)
  • Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital (Walthill, Neb.)

  • Hurricane-damaged historic resources (Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands)
  • Isaiah T. Montgomery House (Mound Bayou, Miss.)
  • Larimer Square (Denver)
  • Mary and Eliza Freeman Houses (Bridgeport, Conn.)
  • Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, Va.) and Piscataway National Park (Accokeek, Md.)
  • Route 66 (Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and California)
  • Ship-on-the-Desert (Salt Flat, Texas)
  • Walkout Schools (Los Angeles)
Making the list as a "Watch Status Site" (a site that's threatened but can still stave off that threat with intervention) are four towns in Vermont's Upper Valley: Royalton, Sharon, Trafford, and Tunbridge. More on each site here. (See what made the National Trust's list almost 10 years ago.)

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