LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Friday, Preserve Arkansas announced its 2017 list of Most Endangered Places in the Natural State.
The eight properties face various threats like deterioration, neglect, and lack of resources. The committee said it's important to rehabilitate these sites, because they make Arkansas “the place it is.”
“They are tangible reminders of our history and reveal important information about our past,” explained Rachel Patton, the executive director of Preserve Arkansas. “They are community gathering places, a source of community pride, and a place that shape our identities."
The Historic Fulk building in Little Rock is one example of the many spaces Preserve Arkansas has saved over the years.
This year's list includes cemeteries statewide, two ice houses, two rural churches, two historically African American neighborhoods, and two of the Little Rock schools set to close.
Arkansas’s Most Endangered Places Program was started in 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of Arkansas’s historic properties and the dangers they face. The list is updated each year to generate discussion and support for saving these places that matter to Arkansas.
Properties named to the 2017 List of the “Endangered Eight”:
- Cemeteries, Burial Grounds and Graveyards, Statewide
- Citizens Electric Company Light and Power Plant, Ice House, and Cold Storage, Eureka Springs, Carroll County
- Old Galatia Church, Norfork vic., Baxter County
- Home Ice Company, Jonesboro, Craighead County
- Little Rock Public Schools Slated for Closure: Franklin Elementary School and Woodruff Early Childhood Education Center, Little Rock, Pulaski County
- Pankey Community, Little Rock, Pulaski County
- Pleasant Street Historic District, Hot Springs, Garland County
- Wabbaseka United Methodist Church, Wabbaseka, Jefferson County
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