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A National Historic Landmark (NHL) is a building, district, site, structure, or object, almost always within the United States, officially recognized for its historical significance. Landmarks are designated by the United States Secretary of the Interior because they are: Image File history File linksMetadata USS_Constitution_1997. ... Image File history File linksMetadata USS_Constitution_1997. ... USS Constitution, known as Old Ironsides, is a wooden-hulled, three-masted frigate of the United States Navy. ... For other uses, see Building (disambiguation). ... Local government areas called districts are used, or have been used, in several countries. ... Website Site(Geography) ... Look up Structure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The United States Secretary of the Interior is the head of the United States Department of the Interior, concerned with such matters as national parks and The Secretary is a member of the Presidents Cabinet. ...

  • Sites where events of national historical significance occurred;
  • Places where prominent Americans lived or worked;
  • Icons of ideals that shaped the nation;
  • Outstanding examples of design or construction;
  • Places characterizing a way of life; or
  • Archeological sites able to yield information.

On October 9, 1960, 92 properties were announced as designated NHLs by Secretary Fred Andrew Seaton. The first of these was a political nomination, Sergeant Floyd Grave and Monument in Sioux City, Iowa. It was officially designated on June 30 of that year, but for various reasons the public announcement of the first several NHLs was delayed. October 9 is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Frederick Andrew Seaton (December 11, 1909–January 16, 1974) was United States Secretary of the Interior during Dwight Eisenhowers administration. ... Sergeant Floyd Monument, Sioux City, Iowa Charles Floyd (1782 - August 20, 1804) was a United States explorer, an officer and quartermaster in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. ... Sioux City (IPA: ) is a city located in northwest Iowa in the United States. ...

More than half of the National Historic Landmarks are privately owned. There are currently fewer than 2500 NHLs. The National Historic Landmarks Program relies on suggestions for new designations from the National Park Service, which also assists in maintaining the landmarks. A friends group of owners and managers, the National Historic Landmark Stewards Association, also works to preserve, protect and promote National Historic Landmarks. This page deals with property as ownership rights. ... The National Park Service (NPS) is the United States federal agency that manages all National Parks, many National Monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. ... For the group sometimes known as Landmark, see Landmark Education Originally, a landmark literally meant a geographic feature, used by explorers and others to find their way back through an area on a return trip. ...

If not already listed on the National Register of Historic Places, an NHL is automatically added to the Register upon designation. About three percent of Register listings are NHLs. A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ...

See also

The following is a list of United States National Historic Landmarks by state, together with the total number of landmarks for each U.S. state or jurisdiction as of December 2004: This is an incomplete list, which may never be able to satisfy certain standards for completeness. ... Caverns of Sonora National Natural Landmark The National Natural Landmark (NNL) program recognizes and encourages the conservation of outstanding examples of the United States natural history. ... Buckingham Palace, a Grade I listed building. ... An American Water Landmark is a landmark within the United States or Canada that is a historic location and is associated in anyway with water. ...

External links

  • National Historic Landmark Program Official website
    • A History of the NHL Program
    • List of NHLs


  • 36 CFR Part 65
U.S. National Register of Historic Places - (List of entries)

National Park Service . National Historic Landmarks . National Battlefields . National Historic Sites . National Historic Parks . National Memorials . National Monuments File links The following pages link to this file: Image:Delicatearch. ... A typical plaque showing entry on the National Register of Historic Places. ... This is a list of entries on the National Register of Historic Places. ... The National Park System of the United States is the collection of physical properties owned or administered by the National Park Service. ...



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