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Lost Landmarks and Vanished Sites

Since America began to be populated by Europeans, numerous buildings and important sites were established. In these early years, the colonists were more interested in survival and later, in forming their own nation, to be too involved in preserving historic buildings. However, many did survive including those in the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in the earliest Spanish settlements of St. Augustine, Florida and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Spanish missions across the Southwest and California also still stand, as well as 17th-century buildings in New England.

But, over the years, a number of important and interesting sites have been lost, many due to the urbanization of cities and others to decay.

Our Vanished Sites Photo Gallery includes many historic landmarks that have been lost over the years, as well as other sites that were popular destinations for visitors and travelers in the last decades. These include many sites on old Route 66, as well as many other destinations that display former lodging facilities, diners, and roadside attractions

Afton, OK - Green Acres Motel Sign, 1982

Afton, OK - Green Acres Motel Sign, 1982

Albatross, MO - Mobile Station, 1979

Albatross, MO - Mobile Station, 1979

Albuquerque, NM - Aztec Motel

Albuquerque, NM - Aztec Motel

Albuquerque, NM - Aztec Motel - 2

Albuquerque, NM - Aztec Motel - 2

Albuquerque, NM - Aztec Motel Art Detail

Albuquerque, NM - Aztec Motel Art Detail

Albuquerque, NM - Aztec Motel Art Detail - 2

Albuquerque, NM - Aztec Motel Art Detail - 2

Albuquerque, NM - Aztec Motel Office & Sign

Albuquerque, NM - Aztec Motel Office & Sign

Albuquerque, NM - Cactus Drive-in Theater

Albuquerque, NM - Cactus Drive-in Theater

Albuquerque, NM - Mori's Bar, 1979

Albuquerque, NM - Mori's Bar, 1979

Albuquerque, NM - Old Burger Chef Sign, 1979

Albuquerque, NM - Old Burger Chef Sign, 1979

Albuquerquem NM - Casa Grande Lodge

Albuquerquem NM - Casa Grande Lodge

Allentown, AZ - Indian City Exxon Station, 1979

Allentown, AZ - Exxon Station, 1979

Allentown, AZ - Indian City, 1979

Allentown, AZ - Indian City, 1979

Amarillo, TX - Esquire Theater, 1977

Amarillo, TX - Esquire Theater, 1977.

Arcadia, OK - Gibble Gas

Arcadia, OK - Gibble Gas

Asbury Park, NJ - Wesley Lake, 1901

Asbury Park, NJ - Wesley Lake, 1901

Atlantic City, NJ - Cliftons Club Harlem

Atlantic City, NJ - Cliftons Club Harlem

Atlantic City, NJ - Cliftons Club Harlem - 2

Atlantic City, NJ - Cliftons Club Harlem - 2

Atlantic City, NJ - Marlborough-Blenheim Hotels

Atlantic City, NJ - Marlborough-Blenheim Hotels

Atlantic City, NJ - Trump Taj Mahal

Atlantic City, NJ - Trump Taj Mahal