Most classifications of major U.S. historic sites show colonial-era landmarks with some Revolutionary and Civil War sites and occasional witch trials. But Veranda.com took a different stance when it published a list of the nation’s 23 major landmarks. The results show a considerably broader view of history, both geographically and in time.
The list extends from Ellis Island to Taos Pueblo, the National Museum of Civil Rights, and Yellowstone, the nation’s first national park.
Alcatraz Island, for example, ranks 4th, not only because of its reputation as a prison, but also because it was occupied in 1969 by Indians from all tribes. The 19-month occupation of National Park Service by the rights activists “was considered a key event in the history of Alcatraz Island, the Native American civil rights movement, and the history of our nation.”
The list was compiled by Whitney Plantation in Louisiana (No. 19) for its focus on the pre-sailing Southern slave lives, and the Pearl Harbor National Memorial (No. 20) in memory of the country’s entry into World War II.
Read about all 23 www.veranda.com. In the meantime, here we are before the top 10.
1 Yellowstone, Wyoming
2 Harriet Tubman National Historic Park, New York
3 Brooklyn Bridge, New York
4 Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California
5 Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
6 Grand Canyon, Arizona
7 Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California
8 Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana
9 Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
10 Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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