Geologic Heritage National Register of Historic Places

Acadia National Park The National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the Register include more than 76,000 districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.

The National Register is administered by the National Park Service, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Included among the over 80,000 listings that make up the National Register are:

  • All historic areas in the National Park System;
  • Over 2,400 National Historic Landmarks, which have been designated by the Secretary of the Interior because of their importance to all Americans;
  • Properties across the country that have been nominated by governments, organizations, and individuals because they are significant to the nation, to a state, or to a community. Many sites important to the history of American Geology can be found on the Register, some examples include:

  • Mesa Verde National Historic Landmark
  • Whitney Seismograph Vault, Hawaii
  • The Old Volcano House, Hawaii
  • Geode Glen, Warsaw, Illinois
  • Decorah Ice Cave, Afton, Iowa
  • Big Bone Lick, Kentucky
  • Kimmswick Bone Bed, Mastodon State Park, Missouri
  • Dr. Fisk Holbrook Day House, Wisconsin
  • Old Mine Park Archeological Site, Connecticut
  • Soapstone Ridge, Dekalb, Georgia
  • Rose Hotel, Hardin County, Illinois
  • Mines of Spain, Dubuque County, Iowa
  • Homestake Gold Mine, South Dakota
  • Pendarvis House, Mineral Point, Wisconsin
  • Orton Hall and the Orton Geological Museum, Columbus, Ohio
  • Science Hall, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
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Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
Featured Wildlife
The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence.