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Grand Canyon on Most-Endangered Historic Places in America List

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | June 25, 2015

Grand Canyon on Most-Endangered Historic Places in America List

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Visiting the Grand Canyon should be on every tourist’s bucket list, but a recent ranking listed the popular attraction as one of the most-endangered historic places in the United States.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its annual list of the 11 most-endangered historic places in America, and to the surprise of many, the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona was ranked.

According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s official website, the organization is trying to build awareness for the historical landmarks on the list, and the Grand Canyon fit the criteria for the ranking system this year.

Like many natural formations and popular tourist attractions, the biggest threat for the Grand Canyon is human beings. There are already development proposals in place that would encroach onto historic land that includes uranium mining and elaborate tourist resorts.

The site is protected as a National Park and a World Heritage Site, but plans for a three-million square-foot commercial and residential development would spoil some of the scenery and unmatchable landscape.

Another major concern with the increased development is disrupting the underground aquifer that is the main water source for the region. For those looking to help the organization make a difference, you can sign the site’s petition.

Besides the Grand Canyon, the organization also listed 10 other sites in need of protection, including the Fort Worth Stockyards, San Francisco’s Old U.S. Mint, New York City’s South Street Seaport, the Chautauqua Amphitheater in Chautauqua, New York, Miami's Little Havana neighborhood and several other locations.

The hope is that the rankings create enough awareness around the possible projects encroaching on Grand Canyon National Park to alter the plans or stop the development altogether. The site is just too beautiful to destroy.

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