The vacant and deteriorating A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, Alabama, was once a center for the Civil Rights struggle. Photo by City of Birmingham.
It’s a bit of a bitter pill to swallow when the Grand Canyon makes a list of the most endangered places in America. But the landmark finds itself standing uncomfortably next to an array of natural sites, historic buildings, and cultural centers that made the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2015 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The twenty-eighth annual list is quite diverse, highlighting numerous aspects of American history from preservation battles to civil rights struggles. Inclusion on the list has traditionally been a good thing; of the more than 250 sites listed, only a few have been lost.