AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar Designates Four National Historic Landmarks

North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Oklahoma See New Landmarks


Contact: Adam Fetcher (DOI) 202-208-6416
Kathy Kupper (NPS) 202-208-6843

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the designation of four new National Historic Landmarks in four states, including a pre-Columbian flint quarry in North Dakota, a colonial-era Pennsylvania German house, and a 20th Century Oregon house of the Northwest Style.

“Each of these landmarks teaches us about the history of our land, our people, and our nation, from archeological sites dating back more than two millennia to a mid-twentieth century building,” Secretary Salazar said. “In designating these sites as National Historic Landmarks, we complement President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to reconnect people, especially young people, to our nation’s historic, cultural, and natural heritage.”

“These new listings will join approximately 2,500 other sites in the National Historic Landmark Program,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “These places showcase our rich and complex history – from prehistoric time right up to the modern era.”

The four new National Historic Landmarks:

Secretary Salazar also announced a boundary change and updated documentation for the Harry S Truman Historic District National Historic Landmark in Independence, Missouri which was designated in 1971. The revised nomination expands the original district boundaries to include the downtown area where Truman worked in various capacities, properties important to and frequented by Truman on his famous walks, and resources omitted from the original designation. Updated documentation for the National Historic Landmark USS Constellation in Baltimore, Maryland which was designated in 1963 was also accepted. This updated documentation reflects new research on the complex story of the Constellation and its role in suppressing the slave trade off the African coast. Finally, President, a steamboat in St. Elmo, Illinois, had its designation as a National Historic Landmark withdrawn because of a loss of historic integrity.

The program, established in 1935, is administered by the National Park Service on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior. The agency works with preservation officials and other partners interested in nominating a landmark. Completed applications are reviewed by the National Park System Advisory Board, which makes recommendations for designation to the Secretary of the Interior. If selected, property ownership remains intact but each site receives a designation letter, a plaque, and technical preservation advice.

Additional information on the designations can be found at