The National Register of Historic Places
Photo by Marge Post/NPS
Did you know there are nearly 78,000 listings on the National Register of Historic Places? This is one of the nation's official lists of cultural resources designated worthy of preservation. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register coordinates and supports both public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect our historic and archeological resources. Properties listed in the National Register include districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects that are significant to American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.
Within Petrified Forest National Park, nine sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These include:
* Painted Desert Inn was upgraded to a National Historic Landmark on May 28, 1987.
Here are some site bulletins that you might find interesting:
Do you have any historic sites in your hometown on the National Register of Historic Places?
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.