Falling by the Wayside: North America’s Most Endangered Roadside Places.
All across the country along the nation’s highways and byways there are reminders of the heyday of the American roadside. From filling stations and tourist courts to bridges, parks, and diners, these roadside icons 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.
The Society for Commercial Archeology established the Falling by the Wayside program in 2010 to raise awareness of the importance of roadside places throughout the United States and call attention to some of those most at risk. Although some remnants of our roadside past are lovingly restored, others 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.
“Our goal is to focus public attention on the unique character and historical importance of our nation’s roadside commercial architecture—and the factors that challenge their long-term preservation,” says Michael Hirsch, SCA president.
Call for Nominations
Annually, the SCA solicits nominations for its Falling by the Wayside list. Help spread the word, and do your part to raise awareness of the fragile nature of the country’s roadside resources! If you have nominations for or questions about the Falling by the Wayside list, please contact us at [email protected]