Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Planet of the Apes’

Over the past week or so I experienced a revelation!  It all began as I researched America’s historic places for this blog.  I happened upon a website titled America’s 11 most endangered historic places; little did I know that this list has existed since 1988.  I was astonished at learning of some places shown as endangered.  I’m familiar with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1965, and also the movement to save a variety of historic buildings, but I just didn’t know how ‘big’ of a problem the endangerment is . . . .

Statue of Liberty flickr image by aherrero

               This brought to mind a pivotal scene in the 1968 movie, Planet of the Apes, where the charred remnants of the Statue of Liberty was buried in the sand . . .the statue’s protruding head and the outstretched arm of Lady Liberty was the only visible part of one of the most recognizable icons in America.

This discovery in post-apocalyptic earth easily made many shudder, even though it was a movie.

This is how I felt as I reviewed the endangered list of some of America’s well-known, and not so well known, historic sites, buildings and places.  Will they too become remnants, and lost to the future?  Suffice to say, many would not be rediscovered but lost forever to future generations.  This, my readers and fellow bloggers, is something to take notice of. 

Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings flickr image by Caitlyn Willows

Imagine, if you will, “the world’s most important and best-preserved collection of pre-Columbian cliff dwellings, remnants of the Ancestral Puebloan culture that flourished in the area from the 6th through the 13th century” disappearing forever more.  Thanks to NTHP, which listed Mesa Verde National Park among the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 1998, “significant progress has been made to preserve thousands of fragile historic and archeological resources in Mesa Verde.”  I was especially pleased to hear this for several reasons; I hail from Colorado and am of American Indian descent with a strong heritage to the Pueblo Indians and sincerely hope I can once again see these amazing cliff dwellings.  http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/sites/mountains-plains-region/mesa-verde-national-park.html

Independence Hall flickr image by lisa Andres

How about the “birthplace of the nation” possibly disappearing from our landscape?  Independence National Historic Park, located in Philadelphia, was listed in both 1991 and 1992 as being endangered.  America is still a young country, less than 250 years old, so to learn of the possible demise of something so historically significant, no older than it is, is heart-breaking to say the least.

Liberty Bell flickr image by NOAA Photo Library

Fortunately, a $140 million public/private partnership was established, making it favorable to save this historic landmark and area.  Want to know more about the history and ongoing rehabilitation where Freedom still rings? . . .  http://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htm

The saying, “Here today, Gone Tomorrow” is apropos for the Detroit Tiger Stadium, which was listed on the 1991/1992 endangered list; unfortunately in spite of its being listed on the National Register for Historic Places and the efforts of hundreds to save it, this turn of the century ballpark fell to the wrecking ball in 2009.  Deterioration, neglect, poor public policy and the replacement of this downtown Detroit landmark all added to its demise. 

Detroit Tiger Stadium ca 2008 flickr image by jbcurio and Comerica Park flickr image by mrkumm

Even the ghosts of greats like Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, who at one time graced the fields of  Tiger Stadium couldn’t stir up enough support and funding to save what some called a white elephant. 

Regardless the reason for historic venues falling by the way side, it is up to us, America, to do what we can to help preserve the past for future generations.

I will continue my quest to bring to light more endangered American treasures  in this series of historical significance – be sure to look for part 3!

I never know where I’ll go next or what I’ll blog about, but I hope you’ll join me,  from my ‘arm-chair’ or from been there, done that and 69 years of living!

Check out my other ‘travelin’ blog http://crespineezcorner.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/just-a-rolling/

Read Full Post »