First of all, kudos to you and your staff for an excellent look at the depth and breadth offered to us by the National Park Service. I can't imagine needing to select which special places were highlighted! That said, I feel you were remiss in not mentioning the first National Historic Site to be established—Salem Maritime National Historic Site. All of our parks are worthy of preservation efforts, but let us not forget the first!
Hi, just wanted to say thank you for running the Naumkeag article ("Living History: An Iconic Berkshires Garden is Brought Back to its Original Design", Spring 2016). I think it's critical to inform your readers about the importance of landscape preservation in its many forms, from gardens designed by famous landscape architects to viewsheds that help keep the sense of place alive. What would the Biltmore Estate or Mount Vernon be like without their sweeping vistas and carefully designed gardens? What would those vistas be like if a billboard went up or a 20-story high rise? Preservation is more than buildings and it's true, it's even trickier with evolving, living plantings. Amy Sutherland did a great job and I'm glad she spoke with the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. Thank you again and keep up the good work.
Collingswood, New Jersey
Re: Preservation Magazine, Spring 2016
WONDERFUL cover, shot from Highway 1, of Ft. Bragg's restored haul road (now pedestrian) trestle bridge at Pudding Creek.
12 miles south of Ft. Bragg, at Albion, is another historic bridge. It's the last remaining timber trestle highway bridge in California. The 1,000-foot-long Albion River Bridge, 150 feet above the valley, was built in 1943, during World War II. Strategic shortages (concrete and steel), required that the Transportation Department return to an earlier bridge technology utilizing the abundance of timber in the area at that time. It was built as a temporary replacement for the structurally inadequate, meandering crossing at Albion. The bridge has been in continuous use ever since. It's an engineering wonder that stands today UNALTERED, historic and structural integrity intact.
Even though the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has taken excellent care of the bridge for more than 70 years, they now want to tear it down and replace it with the 2 concrete arches that they had originally designed in 1942. We, residents of Albion, are trying to SAVE the Albion River Bridge.
We are struggling against "insensitive progress" and we would appreciate any suggestions you might have.
Thank you for your consideration,
Thank you for your email about the Albion River Bridge. The National Trust wrote a letter of support for saving the bridge to the Albion Citizens Advisory Council in May 2015. If you are interested in assistance with the environmental review process, please contact our San Francisco office at 415-947-0692.
This is a very belated THANK YOU for the Winter 2016 article by Lauren Walser, entitled “Group Effort,” and to the team of people who worked to repair the wonderful Moulton Barn in the Grand Teton National Park. My hat is off to each and every one of you who gave of your time and talent to keep this landmark, much-loved barn healthy.
What this nation needs is a Barn Brigade or several of them—cadres of caring people willing to become something of on-the-road carpenter/missionaries in search of our most special “signature” barns to give them loving attention. Under the direction of skilled craftspeople who understand the unique needs of timber-frame barns and with the financial backing of still more people who respect that barns were and are the heart of America, we could be training people for lifelong careers because there is a nationwide shortage of people knowledgeable about the how-to’s of saving heritage barns. Time is of the essence. It can be done.
If the bison has just been named our national mammal, why not name the barn our national building? Where would this nation be without the farmers and ranchers and their barns that were absolutely vital to the survival and growth of every farm and ranch from the earliest settlers to agriculture today?
And while you are thinking about that, support current efforts of the National Barn Alliance to see barns gracing our postage stamps!
Jan Corey Arnett
Aka “The Barn Lady”
Dear Preservation Magazine,
Thank you for the very nice article for visitors to Hanover, NH, and Norwich, VT. Two world-class attractions to add to the list are:
- King Arthur Flour Company in Norwich: bakery, cafe, store & educational center—a mecca for bakers across the U.S.
- Moreno Gelato in Hanover—incredibly good gelato, tied for first in national online vote for best gelato.