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6 of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places (Slideshow)

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(2) New York Harbor’s Ellis Island Hospital Complex

Contagious disease hospital, Ellis Island

Since 1988, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has used its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places to raise awareness about the threats facing some 242 sites.

On this year’s list is New York Harbor’s Ellis Island hospital complex. These buildings, containing hospitals and quarantine wards, are located near the restored Immigration Museum and were once the largest US Public Health Service institution in the country; millions of immigrants passed through these sites from 1892 to 1954.

Few visitors to Ellis Island (there are plenty — we frequent Liberty State Park in Jersey City where many people catch the ferry to see the island and the Statue of Liberty) are aware that there are still structures in need of rehabilitation there.

Photo of the contagious disease hospital on Ellis Island by julz91 via Flickr

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3:29AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Thanks but, when they get so run down and no one takes care of them they truly become a serious hazard and should be pulled down......"a picture is worth a thousand words" --- save the pictures of them!

2:30AM PDT on Sep 26, 2012

Great post Kristina!!These are really an endangered historic places and these places should be preserved. Thank you for bringing an attention on such historical places. I was recently at Death Valley National Park and was a wonderful experience. We have to save such places which have added an importance in American history. There are plenty of good site which provides information on such historical heritage like .

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7:58AM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

We have to save these historic areas and protect other areas from urban and suburban sparwl. I was recently at Gettysburg and the wonderful battlefield at Cemetary Ridge is right next to a MacDonalds and other fast food places. It is a shame.

9:38AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

thanks for sharing

5:20AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Thanks for the post!

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1:12AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

I love those historical buildings in south africa we don't have any so I just love to see them.

8:53PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

The bridges in Yosemite break my heart as do the post office buildings. I hope that all can be saved.

6:24PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

Thanks for this article :( How can people not want to preserve these places?

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