The National Trust for Historic Preservation says this year alone nearly 30 states have cut budgets and services at their state-run parks and the slumping economy has put close to 400 state parks at risk of closure including California's seaside Montana de Oro State Park seen here.
Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitain A.M.E. Church, a focal point of the civil rights movement and the site of the funerals of Rosa Parks and Frederick Douglas, is suffering from flooding and damage caused by adjacent construction projects.
The Battle of Wilderness was the first engagement between Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, and one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. Today Walmart plans to build a store within the boundaries of the Pennsylvania battlefield, adjacent to the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.
Patterson, New Jersey's Hinchliffe Stadium was once the home of the New York Black Yankees and is one of the last standing stadiums used by the Negro League. The 10,000-seat Art Deco facility is currently unused and in an advanced state of decay.
The 2,500 acre Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Area on Lake Michigan is being threatened by a proposed residential and commercial development.
With a planned buildup of military facilities on the island, the National Trust for Historic Preservation says that residents of the the U.S. territory of Guam are concerned about the potential affects on the natural and historic treasures of their home, including the ancient settlement of Pagat.
Meridian, Mississippi's Threefoot Building, an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1929, sits abandoned and facing demolition due to a lack of financing to fund a rehabilitation effort.
The Industrial Arts Building in Lincoln, Nebraska has had many lives - from scooter factory to display space for the Nebraska State Fair. Aviator Charles Lindbergh learned to fly nearby from an instructor who also assembled aircraft in the building. Closed since 2004, the exposition-type structure has fallen into a state of disrepair.
The towns of Benham and Lynch, Kentucky, which were built by the coal mining industry but have become tourist attractions in recent years, are now facing danger as newly issued surface and deep mining permits threaten the area's natural beauty.
The oldest structure in Palo Alto, California, the heart of venture capitalist rich Silicon Valley, was once the home of Juana Briones, one of the earliest Hispanic residents of San Francisco and a successful entrepreneur in her own right until she died in 1889.
Each of the 69 original bridges that span Connecticut's 37.5-mile long Merritt Parkway were unique in design, complimenting the natural landscaping along the sides of the four-lane thoroughfare. The National Trust for Historic Preservation says that changes to the roadway that have deviated from the original plan and cuts in the maintenance budget are now threatening its character.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its annual list of historic sites across the United States that are facing irreparable damage or total destruction. The goal is to raise awareness of the fragility of the country's national treasures and rally support to save them. Of the 200 sites identified since the inception of the list in 1988, only seven have been permanently lost, according to the NTHP.