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Falling by the Wayside 2016 - Call for Nominations

In his song “This Land Is Your Land,” Woody Guthrie wrote,

As I was walking that ribbon of highway

I saw above me that endless skyway

I saw below me that golden valley

This land was made for you and me.

Although as commercial archeologists we rarely walk the ribbon of highway, we love to drive the country’s highways and see the remnants of the golden age of the American roadside.  “From California to the New York island, From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters” filling stations and tourist courts and bridges, parks, and diners, remind us of a time before the Interstates when the American road trip was truly an adventure and a journey of discovery of unique places to visit.  However, with each passing year there seems to be fewer and fewer sites that remain.  Unfortunately, an increasing number of roadside attractions are endangered due to a variety of factors including new development, a lack of funds for maintenance or restoration, or a lack of knowledge and appreciation of the roadside landmark that is in our backyard.

Does your community have a roadside resource that is endangered?  If so, consider nominating it to the SCA’s 2016 Falling By the Wayside List.  The 2016 Falling By the Wayside nomination form can be downloaded below or a copy can be requested from the Secretary at office@sca-roadside.org.  Help spread the word, and do your part to raise awareness of the fragile nature of the country’s roadside resources.

Nominations for this year’s list are due by January 4, 2016.

Click here to download this year's nomination form