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Grand Canyon Endangered: Landmark Under Siege by Tourist Resorts, Mining

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Shades during a sunset in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. (Leonardospencer/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 03:18 PM

The Grand Canyon has made the list of most endangered historic places in America, calling attention to the possibility of destruction of other important natural and historical sites as well.

If the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s predictions are correct, then the Arizona national park that rakes in more than $467 million and 4.3 million tourists per year may not be a popular vacation site for much longer.

The National Trust published its 28th annual list of America’s most endangered historical sites on Tuesday, placing the Grand Canyon as the sixth item on the list, The Associated Press reported. The National Trust’s list aims to call awareness to locations of architectural, cultural, and natural heritage that are subject to an unpredictable or unknown fate.

"Designation has been a powerful tool for raising awareness and rallying resources to save endangered sites,” says the National Trust, according to USA Today.

The Grand Canyon’s future is questionable, according to the list, because of “proposals ranging from tourist resorts to mining,” according to the AP. The National Trust claims that the nation’s 15th oldest national park is “at risk of destruction or irreparable damage,” USA Today noted.

The 11-item list features sites throughout the U.S., including Miami’s Little Havana. The neighborhood, which became an iconic symbol for Cuban immigrants in the U.S., is subject to zoning changes and a lack of concern for its historical buildings, says the list. These changes endanger the area’s scale and character, according to USA Today.

Carrollton Courthouse is another endangered site on the list. The courthouse served the Jefferson Parish of Carrollton before New Orleans annexed the region in 1874. Today, the site is among the most important landmarks in the French Quarter, according to the National Trust. The building has been used as a school in years past but now lies vacant.

Other enumerated endangered sites include Alabama’s A.G. Gaston Hotel, New York’s Chautauqua Amphitheater and South Street Sea Port, Georgia’s East Point Historic Block, Texas’ Fort Worth Stockyards, Arizona’s Oak Flat, California’s Old U.S. Mint and West Hollywood The Factory building.

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