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History's Danger Zone
11/17/2009
Historic buildings fall into disrepair
The places where English settlers built their homes in the 1600s, where George Washington and his troops survived the winter of 1778, where Abraham Lincoln wrote the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation — all are in danger of being lost to neglect, sprawl and other destructive culprits. They are among 11 of America's "Most Endangered Historic Places," according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The National Trust issues its annual "endangered" list to "ring the alarm to save these places through awareness, education, funding and policy changes," says NTHP president Richard Moe. "We either save them now or we will lose them forever."

The most endangered sites include:

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