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Tick tock. Time almost up for contest to spruce up Flamingo Visitor Center

When it was built in the 1950s, the Mission 66 building at Flamingo was meant to usher in a new era of park visitors reaching the remote center by car.
When it was built in the 1950s, the Mission 66 building at Flamingo was meant to usher in a new era of park visitors reaching the remote center by car. Everglades National Park

Tick tock. If you’re cheering for Everglades National Park to win a quarter-million-dollar prize to fix up the old Flamingo Visitor Center, time is running out.

Voting for the $250,000 grant, created by partnership between the National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Express and National Geographic, ends Tuesday. The old Mission 66 building, a vision of modernity ushering a new era for the park service when it was built in the 1950s, is No. 8 in the running.

Twenty sites across the country, including sentry boxes built in the 1700s at Puerto Rico’s San Juan National Historic Site and a 1926 cabin at Denali National Park, have been nominated for the contest. Winners will be selected based on a tally of online votes.

To vote, click here or go to www.VoteYourPark.org.

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