6. Bridges of Yosemite Park
In 1864, Yosemite National Park became the first park in the US devoted to the protection of natural scenery.
Three historic bridges built in 1928 to 1932 are iconic in their own right but are not included in a comprehensive management plan for the Merced River that the National Park Service is developing. Indeed, the bridges are under consideration to be removed and “face an uncertain future” — as do all of these historic US sites: While they are not as old as Athens’ Acropolis of China’s Great Wall, these sites figure importantly in American history and more than merit protection under the National Register of Historic Places.
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