The United States of America is home to many stunning historical landmarks. Many of them are in constant use, such as The Beaux-Arts building that houses Grand Central Station in New York City. Others are remote and isolated, such as Big Bend National Park in Texas. All of them are treasures that should be cherished and protected regardless of the number of visitors they attract or the amount of revenue they generate. Their value is intrinsic.
When you visit some landmarks, such as the bustling Beaux-Arts building, you may be immediately struck by the contrast between busy native New Yorkers hustling to catch their daily transportation and tourists from around the world who stand in awe of the beautiful architectural masterpiece. The Beaux-Arts is huge and features a glorious astronomical ceiling mural and lofty multi-paned windows. It is, without a doubt, one of the finest structures in America. It may not be the most efficient, but it is a treasured historic landmark and must be protected and preserved.
When you visit Big Bend National Park’s Window Trail, you are sure to be struck by the vast open space and the absolute quiet. You may not see another person for hours or days if you are camping. You will be alone with nature and away from all things man-made (such as the Beaux-Arts building). This too, is an important historical landmark that must be preserved and cherished as a natural wonder of the USA. The marvelous cultural heritage of the US is a combination of dazzling natural beauty and the innovation of human kind.
The nation is filled with wondrous landmarks, yet many US citizens do not know about them and have never visited them. It is wise for citizens of the US to make it a point to get to know the nation’s landmarks and to visit them. This is especially true of the natural wonders, which now more than ever before are in danger of being privatized and destroyed. Luckily, while corporate interests push to privatize some of the national treasures of the US, there are also both private and government organizations working to keep them in the hands of the people. The National Park Service was established in 1916 to oversee the fifty eight national US parks. Later in the 20th century, the National Historic Preservation Act was established to create a register of national historic places for the purpose of protecting these historic landmarks that illustrate US heritage. Their work is important. In fact, if the Beaux-Arts building in NYC had not been named a historic landmark in 1976, it would have been destroyed. Before its designation, it had fallen into a sad state of disrepair and neglect. Thanks to its historical marker designation, it has now been completely restored.
There are a number of places on the National Register of Historic Places list that are not actually designated as historic places or state parks. Still, they are important to the heritage of the nation and should be protected. Among them are lighthouses, pristine waterfalls, ancient adobe settlements and even an active volcano. The amazing thing about the wide variety of important landmarks in the US is that each and every one of them has had a part in the history of the nation. In this day and age, commercialization and big business threaten to overtake a great deal of the heritage of our nation. It is very important that citizens of the US become aware of the many wonderful historical landmarks that grace each and every state in the nation. National landmarks belong to and demonstrate the heritage of the people. It is only right that they be protected, appreciated and cared for as a source of pride for the USA for generations to come.