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National Register of Historic Places Program:
Celebrate Independence Day All Month Long
July, 2012

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation's historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.


We encourage people to tour one of our National Parks or visit one of the many sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places on the Fourth of July or at anytime to celebrate our shared history.

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[photo]Mount San Jacinto State Park Historic District

Highlighted Properties

Mount San Jacinto State Park Historic District, Idyllwild, California

The Mount San Jacinto State Park Historic District is historically significant at the state level under Criterion A in the area of Entertainment/Recreation during two periods of significance: 1934-1942 and 1947-1965. The first, or Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Era, is associated with the largest cooperative effort between state and federal governments to improve publicly owned parks throughout the United States during the Great Depression ofthe 1930s. The second period is associated with California State Parks' statewide effort to improve its parks in response to increased postwar demands.

[photo]City Square Park Bandstand

City Square Park Bandstand, Humboldt, Kansas
The public square originated with the platting of the town in 1857, and has functioned primarily as a community gathering space. Humboldt's community band formed in 1866 under the leadership of former military bandmaster Richard Redfield, and - performed in the park as early as 1867. The current bandstand was built in 1907 and sits at the center of the park.

Previously Highlighted Properties

[photo]USS Wisconsin

USS Wisconsin, Norfolk, Virginia

Measuring 887 feet 3 inches, the USS Wisconsin is nationally significant as a representation of the culmination of American naval engineering in the first half of the twentieth century, as well as for her participation in World War II, the Korean War, and the Persian Gulf War.

Manassas National Battlefield Park, Prince William and Fairfax Counties in Virginia

The First Battle of Manassas, known to the Federal army as First Bull Run, was the first major land battle of the Civil War. The one day of fighting on July 21, 1861 assembled the largest American force to date, with 34,000 Confederates and 35,000 Federal troops. Jackson received his sobriquet “Stonewall” during this engagement, due to his instrumental role in the defense of Henry Hill.

Kettle Creek Battlefield, Wilkes County, Georgia
On Valentine's Day 1779, outnumbered 2 to 1, demoralized from the fall of Savannah, Southern Patriots won a stunning victory over the British here in 1779, helping to turn the tide in the south during the American Revolution.

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