List of National Historic Landmarks in Idaho

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This is a complete List of National Historic Landmarks in Idaho. The United States National Historic Landmark program is operated under the auspices of the National Park Service, and recognizes structures, districts, objects, and similar resources nationwide according to a list of criteria of national dept.1

The state of Idaho is home to 10 of these landmarks, spanning a range of history from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the beginnings of nuclear power. The table below lists all 10 of these sites, along with added detail and description.

Landmark name2 Image Date designated2 Locality23 County2 Description3
1 Assay Office Assay Office, Boise, Idaho. May 5, 1961 Boise
43°36′41″N 116°11′45″W / 43.61139°N 116.19583°W / 43.61139; -116.19583 (Assay Office)
Ada This assay office symbolizes the importance of mining in the history of Idaho and the American West. Built in 1870-71, it operated by the federal government until 1933.
2 Bear River Massacre Site Photograph of the Bear River Massacre Site, a wide, open grassland with scattered trees, low hills in the background, and a highway alongside. June 21, 1990 Preston
42°8′46″N 111°54′51″W / 42.14611°N 111.91417°W / 42.14611; -111.91417 (Bear River Massacre Site)
Franklin Where California Volunteers wrought Bear River Massacre upon a Shoshoni village in 1863.
3 Camas Meadows Battle Sites CamasMeadows2ByPhilKonstantin.jpg April 11, 1989 Kilgore Clark Sites of the Battle of Camas Creek, which allowed Nez Perce to further elude capture.
4 Cataldo Mission CataldoMission viewfromNorthWest HABS1958 cropped.jpg July 4, 1961 Cataldo
47°32′55.1″N 116°21′30″W / 47.548639°N 116.35833°W / 47.548639; -116.35833 (Cataldo Mission)
Kootenai This Jesuit mission to the Coeur d'Alenes, dating from the 1850s, is the oldest remaining mission church in the Pacific Northwest.
5 City of Rocks City of Rocks. July 19, 1964 Almo
42°4′33″N 113°42′52″W / 42.07583°N 113.71444°W / 42.07583; -113.71444 (City of Rocks)
Cassia Thousands of emigrants on the California Trail made this a popular resting point, and left wagon ruts that are still visible today. For these emigrants, the landscape of rock outcrops rising like city buildings, woodlands, and mountains provided a welcome change from the surrounding sagebrush plains.
6 Experimental Breeder Reactor No.1 Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1. December 21, 1965 Arco
43°30′34″N 113°00′20″W / 43.5094965288°N 113.00562788°W / 43.5094965288; -113.00562788 (Experimental Breeder Reactor No. 1)
Butte This pioneering nuclear reactor was the site of several milestones in the development of nuclear technology, including the first usable electricity (1951), the first self-sustaining chain reaction using plutonium rather than uranium (1963), and the first demonstration of the feasible use of high-temperature liquid metal as a reactor coolant.
7 Fort Hall Marker at first Fort Hall site, 1958 January 20, 1961 Fort Hall
43°1′13″N 112°38′5″W / 43.02028°N 112.63472°W / 43.02028; -112.63472 (Fort Hall)
Bannock Outpost where the Oregon Trail forked, splitting off the California Trail.
8 Lemhi Pass Photograph of the view from Lemhi Pass, eastward over the rolling, green, and partially wooded Bitterroot Mountains. October 9, 1960 Tendoy, ID
44°58′29″N 113°26′41″W / 44.97472°N 113.44472°W / 44.97472; -113.44472 (Lemhi Pass)
Lemhi, ID and Beaverhead, MT Pass crossed by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in August 1805
9 Lolo Trail Lolo Pass Idaho Montana 001.jpg October 9, 1960 Lolo Hot Springs, ID
46°38′7″N 114°34′47″W / 46.63528°N 114.57972°W / 46.63528; -114.57972 (Lolo Trail)
Clearwater, ID and Missoula, MT Difficult trail followed by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 and returning in 1806.
10 Weippe Prairie Camas field on Weippe Prairie. May 23, 1966 Weippe
46°22′0″N 115°56′0″W / 46.36667°N 115.93333°W / 46.36667; -115.93333 (Weippe Prairie)
Clearwater Meadow of camas, whose roots were basic food for Nez Perce, where the Lewis and Clark Expedition emerged from Lolo Trail.

There are other historic sites preserved in Idaho. Considering them provides perspective on the NHLs. In particular, there are two areas in the National Park System:

  • Nez Perce National Historical Park, a set of 38 sites located throughout the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington which are the traditional aboriginal lands of the Nez Perce. The sites commemorate the history, culture, and stories of the people. Its headquarters are located in Lapwai, Idaho.
  • Minidoka National Historic Site, established in 2001, one of ten camps at which Japanese Americans were interned during 1942-45.

Besides the NHLs and NPS areas, the state has approximately 1,000 properties and districts listed in Idaho on the National Register of Historic Places. Some recently listed properties may not yet be in that system. New listings nation-wide are announced weekly.</ref>

See also


  1. ^ National Park Service. "National Historic Landmarks Program: Questions and Answers". Retrieved 2007-09-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d National Park Service (June 2011). "National Historic Landmarks Survey: List of National Historic Landmarks by State" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-07-04. .
  3. ^ a b National Park Service. "National Historic Landmark Program: NHL Database". Retrieved 2007-08-14. 

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