Route 66, Ship On The Desert Named Endangered Historic Places
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has come out with the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the United States and two of them are nearby! The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to restore and preserve some of America's national treasures and educate people on the importance of saving our country's historic sites. One of the ways that they do this is through their 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. This list spotlights the places in the US where some of the greatest examples of American architecture and heritage are at risk of being lost or damaged beyond repair. Their hope is that the list will bring awareness and donations in so they can continue their work to save these American treasures. The list has been around for over 30 years and since then, there have been over 300 places listed and highlighted. Since then, less than 5% of the locations have been lost! On this year's list, there was a couple spots you may recognize and they're even close enough you can visit if you want!
The historic Route 66 goes through several states including Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. The route is known as the "Mother Road" and has always played a vital role in pop culture and American history for our thirst for adventure on the open road. They believe it is in danger because "while Congress has taken important steps to designate Route 66 a permanent National Historic Trail, which would bring national recognition and economic development to the route's historic sites, legislation must be passed by the U.S. Senate and signed by the president before the end of 2018. Otherwise, a vital preservation opportunity may be lost."
Ship on the Desert
Located in the high deserts of West Texas, you can see the Ship on the Desert. Designed in 1941 by a New York City architecture firm Milliken & Bevin, the house was completed by 1943. It was named the Ship on the Desert due to a very small second story in the middle of the structure that was a glassed-in room, much like a ship captain's bridge. Th early Modernist house has suffered from deferred maintenance and is not currently open to the public so you can't go and enjoy this beautiful piece of architecture.
To check out the entire list of Endangered Historic Places please visit their website.