Falling by the Wayside: North America's Most Endangered Roadside Places

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.

"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, president of the organization.

Call for Nominations

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.  Although some of these 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. 

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