Thursday, June 14, 2012

Nat Geo Pictures: 11 Most Endangered U.S. Historic Sites Named

Ellis Island Hospital Complex picture: one of the most endangered historic sites of 2012


Ellis Island Hospital Complex, New York

Photograph courtesy Clara Daly

Millions of immigrants passed through the hospital complex on Ellis Island, New York (pictured) between 1892 and 1954. But its buildings have stood largely idle or shuttered for decades.

Although the National Park Service stabilized the hospital structures ten years ago, millions of dollars are still needed to rehabilitate the interiors, according to the National Trust website.

According to Meeks, a site must meet three criteria to be considered for placement on the National Trust's annual list.

"We look at the significance of the property, the urgency of the threat, and the possibility of a positive outcome," Meeks said.

"Most of the nominations come from preservation organizations ... but we'll also take them from individuals and community groups," she added.

(Also see "Pictures: New U.S. Historic Landmarks Named.")

Stoneman Bridge picture: one of the most endangered historic sites of 2012


Bridges of Yosemite Valley, California

Photograph courtesy Jim M. Goldstein

Snow covers Stoneman Bridge in Yosemite National Park, California, against the backdrop of Half Dome, one of the park's most famous landmarks.

Stoneman Bridge is one of three bridges built in 1928 and 1932 that span the Merced River. Today the structures are being considered for removal as part of a comprehensive management plan by the National Park Service.

"A Merced River Management Plan should protect the river while preserving its iconic and historic bridges," according to the National Trust.

(Take a Yosemite quiz.)

Princeton Battlefield picture: one of the most endangered historic sites of 2012