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America's 11 most endangered historic places

The National Trust for Historic Preservation released its 25th annual list of America's most endangered historic places.  This year includes several cultural and natural places around the country that are in danger of "irreparable damage," including Joe Fraizer's gym and the birthplace of Malcolm X. 

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Historic post Office Buildings

The U.S. Postal Service says it is looking at 4,400 post offices that it plans to study for closure.  Meanwhile, several offices across the country are in threat.  In Geneva, Illinois developers interested in purchasing and rehabbing the downtown post office gave up because they could not get timely or clear answers from officials.

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Village of Zoar

Ohio's historic Village of Zoar, is protected from flooding by a deteriorating levee built in the 1930s. As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assessed the levee’s future, under consideration is removing the village entirely, which could require the relocation or demolition of 80 percent of this historic village. 

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Sweet Auburn Historic District

Atlanta, Georgia's district dominated by Auburn Avenue, once known as “the richest Negro street in the world,” spiraled into decline in the 1980s. While the residential portion of the Sweet Auburn Historic District has enjoyed a distinct turnaround, the commercial area in under threat of deterioration and inappropriate development that may gravely impact its historic character.

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Boyhood Hoome of Malcolm X 

Boston, Mass. is the boyhood home of Malcolm X , where he shared with his half sister, Ella Little-Collins, whose son is the current owner. Largely vacant for over 30 years, plans for the house is that it be transformed into living quarters for graduate students who are studying African American history, social justice, or civil rights.

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Ellis Island Hospital Complex

Part of the Ellis Island National Monument, this mostly unused complex of buildings near the restored Immigration Museum once comprised the largest U.S. Public Health Service institution in the country. The National Park Service stabilized the hospital structures here a decade ago, but millions of dollars still must be raised to rehabilitate the interiors of these historic buildings.

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Joe Frazier's Gym

In Philadelphia, Pa., this three-story brick building is where Joe Frazier trained for his victorious bout against Muhammad Ali. Today, the gym is unprotected; it enjoys no formal historic designation at the local or national level.

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Princeton Battlefield

In Princeton, N.J. these are the fields where George Washington rallied his forces to defeat British troops during the Revolutionary War. A portion of the battle site, however, faces significant threats, including a 15-unit housing development for faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study. 

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Historic Courthouses of Texas

Many Texas courthouses – including some of the oldest and most architecturally distinguished – have fallen into disrepair due to inadequate funding and maintenance. In 1998, the National Trust named Texas courthouses to its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The following year, the Texas legislature and Governor George W. Bush created the Texas Historic Courthouse Program. But more than 72 courthouses remain to be restored, including the Karnes County Courthouse. 

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Terminal Island

In recent years, the Port of Los Angeles has neglected historic buildings at Terminal Island – a pattern that plagues industrial sites around the country. Local preservationists fear this plan could be the model for an even larger plan that would permit more needless destruction.

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Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch

In Billings County, N.D., Theodore Roosevelt hunted, ran cattle, and explored this expansive ranch in the state's rugged Badlands in the late 19th century.  Unfortunately, the serenity of the ranch, which lies on both sides of the Little Missouri River, is threatened by a proposed new road that would introduce a visual disruption, as well as traffic, noise, and dust.

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Bridges of Yosemite Valley

The National Park Service is preparing a comprehensive management plan for the Merced River, which flows through the heart of Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, three historic Rustic Style bridges built in 1928 and 1932 are being considered for removal and face an uncertain future.

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America's 11 most endangered historic places

The National Trust for Historic Preservation released its 25th annual list of America's most endangered historic places.  This year includes several cultural and natural places around the country that are in danger of "irreparable damage," including Joe Fraizer's gym and the birthplace of Malcolm X. 

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