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List of National Historic Landmarks in Oregon

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This is a complete List of National Historic Landmarks in Oregon. The United States National Historic Landmark (NHL) program is operated under the auspices of the National Park Service, and recognizes buildings, structures, districts, objects, and similar resources nationwide according to a list of criteria of national significance.[1] The state of Oregon is home to 17 of these landmarks, two of which extend beyond Oregon's borders into other states, as well as one site from which NHL status was withdrawn upon its destruction.



The National Historic Landmark program is administered by the National Park Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of the Interior. The National Park Service determines which properties meet NHL criteria and makes nomination recommendations after an owner notification process.[1] The Secretary of the Interior reviews nominations and, based on a set of predetermined criteria, makes a decision on NHL designation or a determination of eligibility for designation.[2] Both public and privately owned properties are designated as NHLs. This designation provides indirect, partial protection of the historic integrity of the properties, via tax incentives, grants, monitoring of threats, and other means.[1] Owners may object to the nomination of the property as an NHL; when this is the case the Secretary of the Interior can only designate a site as eligible for designation.[2]

NHLs are also included on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), which are historic properties that the National Park Service deems to be worthy of preservation. The primary difference between an NHL and a NRHP listing is that the NHLs are determined to have particular national significance, while other NRHP properties may be deemed significant at the local or state level.[1] The NHLs in Oregon comprise 0.8% of the approximately 1,900 properties and districts listed on the NRHP in Oregon.

Current National Historic Landmarks

[3] Landmark name Image Date designated[4] Location County Description
1 Bonneville Dam Historic District
Aerial photograph of the Bonneville Dam complex on a sunny day, including the dam itself, facilities and highways on both sides of the Columbia River, and the rugged scenery of the Columbia Gorge.
Bonneville Dam Historic District
June 30, 1987
45°38′29″N 121°56′41″W / 45.64138°N 121.9446°W / 45.64138; -121.9446 (Bonneville Dam Historic District)
Multnomah and Skamania (Washington) Built in the 1930s to harness the Columbia River for power generation, this was the first hydroelectric dam with a hydraulic drop sufficient to produce 500,000 kW of hydropower. The NHL district covers the dam and other elements of the federal dam project, including the #1 powerhouse, navigation lock, fish ladder, and hatchery.
2 Columbia River Highway
Sweeping photograph of the Columbia River Gorge from Crown Point, Oregon, with a segment of the Columbia River Highway traversing a steep cliff face in the foreground.
Columbia River Highway
May 16, 2000
Troutdale to Mosier[5]
45°37′27″N 121°44′51″W / 45.62429°N 121.7474°W / 45.62429; -121.7474 (Columbia River Highway)
Multnomah, Hood River, and Wasco Constructed between 1913 and 1922, this was the first scenic highway in the United States. Designed specifically to provide visitors access to the most outstanding of the scenic features of the Columbia River Gorge, the highway is also an outstanding example of modern highway development for its pioneering advances in road engineering, and is the single most important contribution to the fields of civil engineering and landscape architecture by Samuel C. Lancaster.
3 Crater Lake Superintendent's Residence
Photograph of the Crater Lake Superintendent's Residence, showing walls built of large stones and wooden gables.
Crater Lake Superintendent's Residence
May 28, 1987
Crater Lake National Park
42°54′03″N 122°08′16″W / 42.90076°N 122.1377°W / 42.90076; -122.1377 (Crater Lake Superintendent's Residence)
Klamath The 1930s-era Munson Valley development was originally one of the best-designed rustic installations in a U.S. national park. This is the only building in the group to remain in near-original condition, and it employed unusual construction methods in response to the very short Crater Lake building season.
4 Deady and Villard Halls, University of Oregon
Photograph of Villard Hall, its imposing facade and mansards frost-rimed on a wet, cloudy winter day. A modern addition to the building is obscured behind a tree.
Deady and Villard Halls, University of Oregon
May 5, 1977
44°02′48″N 123°04′35″W / 44.04655°N 123.0764°W / 44.04655; -123.0764 (Deady and Villard Halls, University of Oregon)
Lane Completed in 1876 and 1886, respectively, Deady and Villard Halls are the first and second buildings of the University of Oregon. Deady Hall is simplified Italianate in design with mansarded main roof and towers; Villard Hall has Second Empire touches, and is one of the few surviving academic buildings of its era in the Western United States.
5 Fort Astoria Site
Artist's depiction of Fort Astoria as it appeared shortly after its construction, facing onto the waterfront and surrounded by forest behind.
Fort Astoria Site
November 5, 1961
46°11′16″N 123°49′39″W / 46.18789°N 123.8275°W / 46.18789; -123.8275 (Fort Astoria Site)
Clatsop John Jacob Astor attempted to break the British monopoly on the Pacific Northwest fur trade starting with construction of this fortified trading post in 1811. The fort subsequently became an important part of the American territorial claim to the Oregon Country. Astor sold the fort to the British North West Company in 1813.
6 Fort Rock Cave
Photograph of archeological excavations at Fort Rock Cave, with tools and measuring instruments scattered about a rocky, dusty cliff area.
Fort Rock Cave
January 20, 1961
Fort Rock
43°21′22″N 121°03′13″W / 43.35612777777778°N 121.05361111111111°W / 43.35612777777778; -121.05361111111111 (Fort Rock Cave)
Lake This cave yielded to archeologists the "Fort Rock sandals", the oldest manufactured articles found in the Americas, which demonstrated the early development of weaving among Native Americans. Occupation of the site has been dated to 11,000 BCE.
7 Jacksonville Historic District
Birds-eye lithograph of Jacksonville in 1883, showing several city center and residential blocks and clearly labeled streets.
Jacksonville Historic District
November 13, 1966
42°18′45″N 122°58′04″W / 42.31255°N 122.9678°W / 42.31255; -122.9678 (Jacksonville Historic District)
Jackson Founded in 1852 as a mining town, Jacksonville became the principal financial and commercial center of southern Oregon until it was bypassed by the railroad. Its group of surviving, unaltered commercial and residential buildings spans the full range of architectural styles employed in the West between 1850 and 1890. The town's unusual state of preservation and completeness make it a uniquely intact example of a mid-19th century inland commercial town.[6]
8 Kam Wah Chung Company Building
Interior photograph of the Kam Wah Chung Company building showing a general store area, dimly lit, with many products on counters, tables, shelves, and hanging from the wood plank ceiling. Many products are conspicuously Chinese in style, and all furniture and building elements are wooden.
Kam Wah Chung Company Building
September 20, 2005
John Day
44°25′07″N 118°57′25″W / 44.418688°N 118.956922°W / 44.418688; -118.956922 (Kam Wah Chung Company Building)
Grant This building is the best known example of a Chinese mercantile and herb store in the United States. It embodies the role of immigrant Chinese in the post-Civil War expansion period of the western United States.
9 Lightship WAL-604, "Columbia"
Full-length photograph of the lightship Columbia at dock with a bright red hull and the word "Columbia" in white on the side.
Lightship WAL-604, "Columbia"
December 20, 1989
46°11′25″N 123°49′27″W / 46.19029°N 123.8242°W / 46.19029; -123.8242 (Lightship WAL-604, "Columbia")
Clatsop Retired in 1979 as the last lightship to be stationed at the Columbia River Bar — or anywhere on the Pacific coast of the United StatesWAL-604 retains the best historic integrity of the last generation of U.S. Coast Guard lightships after 1939. WAL-604, built in 1950, and its relatives closely resembled earlier lightship types in external appearance, but were a distinct departure in their overall design.
10 Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
Photograph of a large flock of Ross's Geese taking flight from a lake in Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge, with high hills in the distance.
Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
January 12, 1965
Dorris, California
41°56′48″N 121°39′57″W / 41.9466°N 121.6659°W / 41.9466; -121.6659 (Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge)
Klamath and Siskiyou (California) This national wildlife refuge, established in 1908, was the first large block of public land set aside for wildlife management purposes. Because of the refuge's extensive overlap with the Klamath Basin water reclamation project, it has become an ongoing example of the tensions between conservation and economic demands in public land management.
11 Oregon Caves Chateau
Photograph of the front of the Oregon Caves Chateau, surrounded by forest, on a wet day.
Oregon Caves Chateau
May 28, 1987
Oregon Caves National Monument
42°05′54″N 123°24′27″W / 42.09841°N 123.40757°W / 42.09841; -123.40757 (Oregon Caves Chateau)
Josephine This rustically intimate site features a shaggy bark finish, stone retaining walls, fishponds, waterfalls, and walkways. Built in 1934, the structure makes use of a very limited site over a canyon, and retains a high degree of integrity in its design, furnishings, and setting.
12 Pioneer Courthouse
Photograph of the Pioneer Courthouse at dusk, illuminated in golden light with the cupola silouetted against the darkening sky.
Pioneer Courthouse
May 5, 1977
45°31′08″N 122°40′40″W / 45.51886°N 122.6779°W / 45.51886; -122.6779 (Pioneer Courthouse)
Multnomah Built in 1875 and restored in the 1970s, this was one of the first monumental buildings in the Pacific Northwest. It has served as a U.S. courthouse, a customhouse, and a post office. It underwent another rehabilitation in the 2000s.
13 Skidmore/Old Town Historic District
Photograph of the Skidmore Fountain, with the New Market Block in the background showing its cast-iron architecture, in the Skidmore/Old Town Historic District.
Skidmore/Old Town Historic District
May 5, 1977
45°31′21″N 122°40′18″W / 45.52242°N 122.6718°W / 45.52242; -122.6718 (Skidmore/Old Town Historic District)
Multnomah One of the most impressive historic commercial districts on the West Coast, this is where Portland began and first flourished. The buildings, which date from the mid-to-late-19th century, were built in a variety of High Victorian architectural styles, and many feature cast iron fronts.
14 Sunken Village Archeological Site
Photograph of a cedar-bark basket recovered at Sunken Village, illustrating the good preservation of materials at the site.
Sunken Village Archeological Site
December 20, 1989
Sauvie Island[7]
45°41′49″N 122°50′20″W / 45.69702777777778°N 122.83897499999999°W / 45.69702777777778; -122.83897499999999 (Sunken Village Archeological Site)
Multnomah The archeological remains of this Chinookan village, dating from the mid-13th to the mid-18th centuries CE, are unusually well preserved. This cosmopolitan people's complex hunter-gatherer economy and extensive trade network allowed them to establish one of the highest population densities in aboriginal North America, yet they left very few physical remains.[8] The site has been subject to erosion and looting, problems which have been ameliorated by a protective layer of riprap.[7]
15 Timberline Lodge
Interior photograph from the second level of the lobby showing massive wooden beams and numerous works of art.
Timberline Lodge
December 22, 1977
Government Camp
45°19′52″N 121°42′41″W / 45.33115°N 121.7113°W / 45.33115; -121.7113 (Timberline Lodge)
Clackamas President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated this lodge at an elevation of 6,000 feet (1,830 m) on the south slope of Mount Hood in 1937. It is considered the finest example of 1930s-era "mountain architecture" by the Works Progress Administration.
16 Wallowa Lake Site
Photograph of Old Chief Joseph's gravesite, with a stone pillar on top of a hillock and the Wallowa Mountains rising in the background.
Wallowa Lake Site
May 5, 1989
45°20′11″N 117°13′20″W / 45.336360°N 117.222204°W / 45.336360; -117.222204 (Wallowa Lake Site)
Wallowa The religious and cultural values associated with this traditional Nez Perce campground have persisted for over a century since Chief Joseph the Younger and his band of nontreaty Nez Perce were driven out. It provides a view of high, glaciated lake and mountain country,[9] and includes the final resting place of Chief Joseph the Elder. It is a unit within the Nez Perce National Historical Park.[10]
17 Aubrey Watzek House
Aubrey Watzek House
Aubrey Watzek House
July 25, 2011
45°30′56″N 122°43′39″W / 45.51558°N 122.7275°W / 45.51558; -122.7275 (Aubrey Watzek House)
Multnomah John Yeon's 1937 house for a lumber magnate combined the International Style with regional preferences to create the Northwest Style

Former National Historic Landmark

Site name Image Date designated Date withdrawn Locality County Description
1 Samuel Elmore Cannery Photograph of the Samuel Elmore Cannery while it was in operation, with a "Bumble Bee" sign hanging above the door. November 13, 1966 July 16, 1993[11] Astoria
46°11′30″N 123°50′45″W / 46.19167°N 123.84583°W / 46.19167; -123.84583 (Samuel Elmore Cannery)
Clatsop The home of "Bumble Bee" brand tuna, this was the longest continuously operated salmon cannery in the United States, from its construction in 1898 until decommissioning in 1980. The canned salmon industry was a cornerstone of the Northwest's resource-based economy from the late 1860s until after World War II. Amid seasonal and declining salmon stocks, the cannery diversified into tuna in the 1930s. Because of structural deterioration, the building was slated for demolition in 1991, and it burned in 1993.[12]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d National Park Service. "National Historic Landmarks Program: Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 65". US Government Printing Office. Archived from the original on February 17, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2008.
  3. ^ Numbers represent an alphabetical ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  4. ^ The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number.
  5. ^ National Park Service. "National Register Information System". Archived from the original on June 11, 2007. Retrieved May 18, 2009.
  6. ^ McKithan, Cecil (September 12, 1977), National Register of Historic Places Invenory — Nomination Form: Jacksonville Historic District (PDF), retrieved September 22, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Bogan, David (2006). "Sauvie Island's "Sunken Village" — A Special Place Forever Preserved?" (PDF). Cultural Heritage Courier. Vol. 2006, no. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 7, 2007. Retrieved October 6, 2007..
  8. ^ National Park Service. "National Historic Landmark Program: NHL Database". Archived from the original on June 6, 2004. Retrieved May 26, 2009.
  9. ^ National Park Service. "National Historic Landmark Program: NHL Database". Archived from the original on March 1, 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
  10. ^ National Park Service. "Nez Perce NHP - Oregon and Washington Sites". Retrieved August 30, 2013. This source refers to the landmark as "Old Chief Joseph's Gravesite".
  11. ^ National Park Service (July 23, 1993), Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 7/12/93 through 7/16/93 (PDF), retrieved September 25, 2015.
  12. ^ National Park Service, National Historic Landmark Program: Samuel Elmore Cannery, archived from the original on September 26, 2015, retrieved September 26, 2015.