PHOTOS: 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites in U.S. Named

PHOTOS: 11 Most Endangered Historic Sites in U.S. Named
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Lana'i City, Hawaii

On the so-called Pineapple Isle--Lana'i, Hawaii--yellow abounds, as in this scene of a vintage Plymouth and a tin-roofed cottage in Lana'i City, a former Dole Foods company town.

But the future of this rare, circa-1920s plantation town isn't so sunny: The plantation-style homes, laundromat, jail, courthouse, police station, and other buildings are threatened by large-scale commercial development, according to the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The trust included the island city on its 2009 list of the United States' 11 most endangered historic places, released on April 28, 2009. The annual list highlights examples of U.S. architectural, cultural, and natural heritage at risk of destruction or irreparable damage.

"Places like these help tell all our stories, and losing them not only erases a piece of our heritage, it also represents a threat to our planet," National Trust President Richard Moe said in a statement.

(Related: pictures of the best and worst historic destinations as rated by National Geographic Traveler magazine in 2008.)
—Photograph by Jim Richardson/NGS
 
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