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Secretary Haaland designates 18 new sites of natural, historical significance

For Immediate Release: December 13, 2023


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WASHINGTON –  Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today designated 16 new National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) and two new National Natural Landmarks (NNLs). The designations reflect the importance of the sites in sharing America’s rich history and extraordinary natural features.   

“The new National Historic and Natural Landmarks designated today further the Interior Department’s vision for inclusive and collaborative conservation,” said Secretary Deb Haaland. “Supporting voluntary and locally led stewardship is key to nationwide efforts to conserve and connect the lands upon which we all depend.”    

“It’s important that the places we deem nationally significant represent the historical and natural diversity of the American experience,” said Chuck Sams, Director of the National Park Service, which administers the NHL and NNL programs. “These 18 new landmarks further illustrate and expand our country’s collective heritage and splendor.”   

New National Historic Landmarks 

NHLs are some of the nation’s most historically important buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts, which communicate themes in history, archeology, architecture, engineering and cultural significance. NHL designation is the highest federal recognition of a property’s historical, architectural, or archeological significance, and a testament to the dedicated stewardship of many private and public property owners who seek this designation.  

The newly designated NHLs in locations across the country join a select group of more than 2,600 noteworthy places that possess exceptional value in illustrating the history of the United States.    

The new NHLs across 14 states include: 


·  Pond Farm Pottery  

·  Wayfarers Chapel  


·  Wink’s Panorama  

·  Temple Aaron  


·  Barnum Institute of Science and History   


·  Strategic Air Command Ground Alert Facility, Mount Home Air Force Base   


·  Sam and Ruth Van Sickle Ford House   


·  Montgomery County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence   


·  Pottawattamie County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence   


·   Sampson-White Joiner Shop   


·  Fort Armistead   


·  Rio Vista Bracero Reception Center   

Washington, D.C. 

·  National Archives Building  

West Virginia 

·   Jefferson County Courthouse   


·  Rock Island Site II   


·  Quebec 01 Launch Control Facility  

The Secretary also approved updated documentation for six current NHLs and withdrawal of designation from three NHLs because of loss of historic integrity due to fire or other damage.   

Updated National Historic Landmark Documentation: 

State Name Owner 
JohnMuir Home/Strentzel-Muir Ranch National Park Service 
District of Columbia Washington Carter G. Woodson Home National Park Service 
Illinois Riverside Riverside Historic District Various 
Pennsylvania Bethlehem Historic Moravian Bethlehem Historic District Moravian University, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites 
Tennessee Nashville Hermitage Hotel Historic Hotels of Nashville 
Virginia Loudoun County Waterford Historic District Various 

Withdrawal of National Historic Landmark Designation: 

State Name Owner 
Illinois Kampsville GOLDENROD (Showboat) Pool 24 Tug Service 
Louisiana New Orleans DELUGE (Firefighting Tug) Russel M. Nilson 
Michigan Wayne County STE. CLAIRE (Passenger Steamboat) Dr. Ron Kattoo 

The regulations governing the NHL program can be found here. Visit the National Historic Landmarks website for more information on these landmarks.      

New National Natural Landmarks 

The newly designated NNLs include Glenwood Caverns and Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Colorado, and John Boyd Thacher State Park in New York. These additions join 602 other locations that recognize and encourage the conservation of sites that contain outstanding biological and geological resources, bringing illustrative character, rarity, diversity and value to science and education.   

Glenwood Caverns and Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Colorado, a privately owned site, features unique cave processes and ecosystems. In addition to beautiful cave formations that line the floors and ceilings of the caves, these unique ecosystems are habitat for a variety of species including eight native and fully cave-adapted animals.  

John Boyd Thacher State Park – which is managed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation – features the most complete and minimally disturbed record of Middle Paleozoic rock layering in the Appalachian Plateaus region, and perhaps across North America. The uniquely accessible fossil-rich deposits provide a visible geologic cross section spanning 63 million years that is foundational in the early study and understanding of North American geology and of widespread ancient mountain creation.     

More information about NNLs is available here. 

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 428 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at, and on FacebookInstagramTwitter, andYouTube.

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