State Parks, Historic Sites on Endangered List

Saugatuck Dunes flickr/PreservationNation.org

Turning out the lights on historic sites might save cash-strapped states a few bucks but could cost much more if vandals find such properties left vacant.

A new listing of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for the first time includes state parks and historic sites at-large, saying they're threatened by slashed budgets.

New York state alone is shutting down dozens of parks and sites, including abolitionist John Brown's farm where he is buried. It has been open to the public since 1895.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation also lists 10 other sites as endangered Wednesday. One is Virginia's Wilderness Battlefield where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first met in the Civil War. Preservationists are fighting Wal-Mart's plan to build a store nearby.

Among the others:

Black Mountain
Hinchlife Stadium
Industrial Arts Building
Juana Briones House
The Merritt Parkway
Metropolitan AME Church
Pagat
Saugatuck Dunes
Threefoot Building

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