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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Maine ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the United States. Eastern Egg Rock in the midcoast region, Seal Island and Matinicus Rock at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, and Machias Seal Island and Petit Manan Island off the downeast coast provide habitat for more than 4,000 puffins each summer.