List of National Historic Landmarks in Nevada

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The list of National Historic Landmarks in Nevada contains the landmarks designated by the U.S. Federal Government for the U.S. state of Nevada. There are 8 National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) in Nevada. The U.S. 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 significance. Nevada is home to 8 of these landmarks, highlighting Nevada's frontier heritage and other themes. The National Historic Landmarks Survey: List of National Historic Landmarks by State lists seven landmarks, but includes the Leonard Rockshelter twice, and does not mention the Francis G. Newlands Home.[1] However, the NHL Summary listing lists them correctly.[2]

The table below lists all 8 of these sites, along with added detail and description.

Landmark name[1] Image Date designated[1] Locality[1] County[1] Description
1 Fort Churchill Fort Churchill, Nevada Ruins 1.JPG November 5, 1961 Weeks
39°17′26″N 119°16′14″W / 39.2906145184°N 119.27060391°W / 39.2906145184; -119.27060391 (Fort Churchill)
Lyon Fort Churchill, named for Sylvester Churchill, was a U.S. Army fort built in 1861 to provide protection for early settlers
2 Fort Ruby FortRubyArcheology.jpg November 5, 1961 Hobson
40°04′04″N 115°31′46″W / 40.06778°N 115.52944°W / 40.06778; -115.52944 (Fort Ruby)
White Pine Fort built during the Civil War to protect links between the Union and California, via the Overland Trail. Landmark status is under review due to fire damage.
3 Hoover Dam Hoover dam from air.jpg August 20, 1985 Boulder City
36°0′56″N 114°44′16″W / 36.01556°N 114.73778°W / 36.01556; -114.73778 (Hoover Dam)
(and Mohave County, Arizona)
Gravity-arch dam of the Colorado River. World's largest hydroelectric power producing facility and largest concrete structure, when completed in 1935.
4 Leonard Rockshelter January 20, 1961 Lovelock
39°59′25″N 118°30′36″W / 39.990273°N 118.509922°W / 39.990273; -118.509922 (Leonard Rockshelter)
Pershing Discovered in 1936, this is an archaeological site that shows settlement from 6700 BC up to 1400 AD.
5 McKeen Motor Car #70 (Virginia & Truckee Railway Motor Car #22) McKeen Motor Car -22 Restoration.jpg October 16, 2012[3] Carson City
39°8′54″N 119°46′6″W / 39.14833°N 119.76833°W / 39.14833; -119.76833 (McKeen Motor Car #70)
One of the few surviving McKeen railcars. Restored to operating condition in 2010.
6 Nevada Northern Railway, East Ely Yards Winter photograph of the Nevada Northern Railway, East Ely Yards. A steam engine is heading a short train in front of the passenger depot, with mountainsides rising out of the picture in the far background. September 20, 2006 Ely
39°15′34″N 114°52′11″W / 39.25944°N 114.86972°W / 39.25944; -114.86972 (Nevada Northern Railway, East Ely Yards)
White Pine The Nevada Northern is one of the best-preserved early twentieth-century railroad shop complexes remaining in the United States.
7 Francis G. Newlands Home Francis G. Newlands Home May 23, 1963 Reno
39°31′18″N 119°49′11″W / 39.521653°N 119.819669°W / 39.521653; -119.819669 (Francis G. Newlands Home)
Washoe This was the home of Francis G. Newlands from 1890 until his death in 1917, including his tenure in the House of Representatives and Senate. Newlands is known for the Reclamation Act of 1902, under which the U.S. government led the massive development of irrigation in the West.
8 Virginia City Historic District Photograph of historic commercial building streetfronts in the Virginia City Historic District. July 4, 1961 Virginia City
39°18′37″N 119°38′58″W / 39.31028°N 119.64944°W / 39.31028; -119.64944 (Virginia City Historic District)
Lyon and Storey Virginia City was a prototype for frontier mining boom towns, owing its success to the 1859 discovery of Comstock Lode.
Table notes: see [4] below.

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  1. ^ a b c d e "List of National Historic Landmarks by State". National Historic Landmarks Program. National Park Service. March 2012. p. 59. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmark summary listing". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 10/22/12 through 10/27/12". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved November 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Numbers represent an ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate the National Monuments, National Historic Sites, National Historic Landmark Districts and other higher designations from other NHL buildings, structures, sites or objects.

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