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The U.S. National Register of Historic Places lists over 87,000 sites officially approved by the U.S. National Park Service as cultural resources worthy of preservation.
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The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorized the NRHP as part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect historic and archeological resources. Each site must meet standard criteria through an application process. There are now over 87,000 historic sites listed. These include everything from historic buildings to other structures such as bridges, lighthouses, ships, and monuments, and even natural features. With a few exceptions, each of these qualifying sites is eligible for a waymark.

RESOURCES

Wikipedia - National Registry of Historic Places This Wikipedia entry has an excellent overview of the Registry and its history. It is worth taking a look at to familiarize yourself with the program.

National Park Service Focus Page This is the search interface for the official database of the U. S. National Register of Historic Places maintained by the National Park Park Service. To be eligible for a waymark the site must have an individual listing in the Register. NOTE: Because this is a search engine, a direct link to an individual listing cannot be created.

NRHP Weekly Updates published by the National Park Service are available by email subscription, RSS feed and are accessible at this site. You can check here for the latest additions to the Registry that might be in your area. A DIRECT LINK TO A LISTING ON THIS SITE MAY BE USED AS THE PRIMARY WEB SITE FOR A WAYMARK.

Nationalregisterofhistoricplaces is a privately maintained database. This has been the required site for this category since the beginning, and is still the PREFERRED SITE FOR THE PRIMARY WEB SITE VARIABLE.

Among its features are an easy-to-use interface, a tab to list historic districts, and an arrangement of data fields that can easily be copied and pasted into the waymark variable fields. It is the most complete of the private databases and the most up-to-date.

Landmark Hunter is also a privately maintained database of historic and other interesting sites. Most, but not all, entries from the National Register of Historic Places are listed here. Other, non-qualifying sites, are also listed here, so be sure that the site chosen for a waymark is officially listed in the Register. This site can be used as an alternative in the primary web site variable, although the site above is preferred.

Landmark Hunter has a number of useful features including an interactive map to locate sites, links to the NRHP nomination forms when they are available, links to Wikipedia entries, and coordinates.

CREATE YOUR OWN ENTRY: When an NRHP site is not listed, one may actually create a new entry on Landmark Hunter. Just apply for an account and you can create entries, upload photos to existing entries, add new descriptions, and add a link to your waymark. All of this is entirely optional, of course, and not required to create a waymark in this category.

FindTheData is another privately maintained database that lists most, but not all, entries from the National Register of Historic Places. This site can also be used as an alternative for the primary web site variable, although the first site above is strongly preferred.

Wikipedia - United States National Register of Historic Places Listings Wikipedia also contains a comprehensive list of NRHP entries, but none of the official NRHP data is included at this site. There are, however, often photos and links to Wikipedia articles pertaining to the sites listed, so it can be a valuable resource.

Also of interest:

NRHP Historic Districts - Contributing Buildings This is a companion Waymarking category for listing individual buildings and objects within a Historic District.

Flickr NRHP Group

NRHP Facebook Page

ELIGIBILITY

Each site must have an individual listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Exceptions:

Sites that are listed as “Address Withheld” will generally NOT be accepted. Usually such a designation indicates an archaeological site that needs to be protected, or a private site that where limited access has been requested. Occasionally these sites are nonetheless open to the public. In cases where it is clear that public access is not restricted, waymarks will be accepted.

Sites that are physically inaccessible because of impassible terrain, or by fences, walls, gates or other barriers to prevent access to the public, will NOT be accepted as waymarks. If you feel that there are extenuating circumstances, exceptions may be considered.

Boundary increases, although they have separate NRHP identification numbers, do NOT qualify as separate waymarks.

VERIFICATION

Although any of the sites listed above in the Resources section, or others, may be used as guides, the official NRHP listing is the ONLY authoritative validation. A listing in the Landmark Hunter site, a state historical sites, or other sites is not sufficient for qualification.

NRHP plaques may appear on buildings and structures that DO NOT have individual listings in the Register. They often appear on individual buildings within a historic district even though the buildings do not have their own individual listing. (These may have their own individual waymarks in the companion category NRHP Historic Districts - Contributing Buildings

Instructions for Posting a U.S. National Register of Historic Places Waymark:
1. PERSONAL VISIT

In order to create a waymark for this category, each site must be personally visited in order to obtain geographic coordinates, take photographs and make observations for writing a description of the historic place.

2. COORDINATES

Coordinates recorded at the site must be used for the waymark. DO NOT rely on mapping programs or published coordinates, even those on Landmark Hunter.

Coordinates should be recorded as close to the actual site as possible. For buildings this generally means the main entrance or other reasonable entry point. If access is limited in some way, then a reasonable place may be selected, but please explain this in the description.

For historic districts and other sites that encompass a large geographic area, please select a logical point for coordinates and indicate the exact point of the coordinates in the description.

3. PHOTOGRAPHS

Each waymark should include at least TWO personally taken photos. Ideally one photo should show the entire site, where feasible, and the other should be a close-up, or show a different angle or feature. Many sites actually require more photos to represent them fully. Clear close-up photos of signs and items of identification are particularly encouraged. In the rare cases when a single photo can adequately represent the historic site, exceptions may be considered. Each waymark will be judged on its own merits.

4. DESCRIPTION

The two description areas are the heart and soul of a waymark. The Quick Description is what people see on the front page when browsing, so a succinct line or two giving a general idea of what the historic site is will invite people to stop and take a look at the waymark.

The Detailed Description is where one provides additional historical information about the site. Usually a small amount of research will yield interesting results. Check to see if the nomination form is available from the NRHP database or another source. The web sites listed above may also give you a starting point. Of course simple web searches often yield good results. For some sites, such as individual residences or other buildings, however, information may be meager. Just do your best.

The best descriptions are summaries of information obtained from other sources. Other sources may be quoted, but try to avoid lengthy passages or just pasting entries from other web sites. When quoted material is included, it MUST be clearly indicated as quoted, usually by using quotation marks or setting it off in some other way. ALWAYS give the source of the quoted material within the description. This should include the name of the source and the URL if it is from a web site. Observe all copyright restrictions.

Personal observations are your unique contribution to the waymark! In an objective way, simply DESCRIBE the historic place. What does it look like, what are the special features, where is it located, what is its condition? These are all good questions to answer in the description area. If there are particular things to note about access to the site, parking, etc. please include these observations as well. The idea is to encourage visits to your waymark, so write anything that will help the potential visitor.

Keep in mind that this category is about HISTORY, so that should be the focus of the description.

5. VARIABLE FIELDS

This category has a lot of variable fields. They are all keyed to correspond with fields in the NRHP database listing. The best source for this information is the Nationalregisterofhistoricplaces

The waymark variables are keyed to these data fields and can be easily copied and pasted. The information should be exactly the same. The only exception is when there is an error in the data, such as in incorrect address, or where the data needs to be updated, such as a change for “Current Function” from “vacant” to whatever the new function is.

The Primary URL must be a link to the specific page of the Nationalregisterofhistoricplaces site that contains the listing for the historic site.

Only as an alternative, the link may be to an individual listing on the Landmark Hunter site. Landmark Hunter or FindTheData. (It is not possible to link directly to an individual listing in the official NRHP database).

If the listing is too new to appear in one of these databases, then link directly to the weekly newsletter containing the new listings at NRHP Weekly Updates

The Secondary Websites can be any other site, including the NRHP nomination forms, that contains information relevant to the historic site. The nomination forms should be used as the primary web site only if there is no other listing available.

6. NAMING THE WAYMARK

Each waymark must follow the naming convention that has been adopted.

The waymark name must be the full name of the site followed by a dash and the city and state. Do NOT include AKA names or ID numbers in the title. The waymark name must be exactly as it appears in the NRHP listing. In the case of houses named for people, the surname goes first. (The Landmark Hunter site does not follow this format, so be sure to check the official listing.) The following examples may be used as a guide:

Baker, Sophenia Ish, House - Medford, OR
Tavern, The - Eufaula, AL
Wilkinson-Swem Building - Medford, Oregon

7. HISTORIC DISTRICTS

There are special considerations to keep in mind when creating a waymark for a historic district. These special historic places may be comprised of just a few buildings, or hundreds of buildings and objects. They may even encompass hundreds of acres. So the object is to create a waymark that adequately represents the scope and nature of the historic district.

Multiple photos should be included. Ideally they should include one or more overviews of the district, and several of the specific buildings, structures or objects that represent the district.

A logical location for coordinates must be selected and this should be clearly indicated in the description.

Keep in mind that each qualifying building, object and structure may be individually waymarked in the companion category NRHP Historic Districts - Contributing Buildings

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please give the date and brief account of your visit. Include any additional observations or information that you may have, particularly about the current condition of the site. Additional photos are highly encouraged, but not mandatory.
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  • Historic (Areas of) Significance
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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesCourt Street Methodist Church - Janesville, WI

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The Court Street Methodist Church was built in 1868 after the American House which occupied the site burned down. It is located at 36 S. Main St. in Janesville, WI.

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location: Wisconsin

date approved: 10/20/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesSouth Main Street Historic District - Janesville, WI

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The South Main Street Historic District comprises only 30 acres and 14 buildings, but contains a rich amount of Janesville commercial history. It includes the Public Library, Fedendall and Lappin-Hayes Blocks, and the Court St. Methodist Church.

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location: Wisconsin

date approved: 10/22/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesFredendall Block - Janesville, WI

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The Fredendall Block was constructed in 1868 after fire destroyed the buildings on this site. It is located at 33-39 S. Main St in Janesville, WI. George Schulze was the architect.

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location: Wisconsin

date approved: 10/20/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesJanesville Public Library - Janesville, WI

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The Janesville Public Library building was built in 1902-1903. The Carnegie Foundation contributed $30,000 toward its construction. The building is now called the Crossroads building and serves as a Senior Center.

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date approved: 10/20/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesLappin-Hayes Block - Janesville, WI

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This Lappin-Hayes Block was built in 1855 and stands on the site of the Henry F. James cabin. It is located at 20 E. Milwaukee St in Janesville, WI. Arthur Peabody and William J. Beauley were the architects.

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date approved: 10/22/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesNorth Main Street Historic District - Janesville, WI

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The North Main Street Historic District comprises 25 acres including 9 buildings and 1 structure. It includes the first couple of blocks of North Main and North Parker Streets in Janesville, WI.

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date approved: 10/22/2007

last visited: 6/26/2008

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesLovejoy and Merrill-Nowlan Houses - Janesville, WI

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These two houses are part of the Courthouse Hill Historic District, but are also listed on the National Register in their own right. They are located at 220 and 202 Lawrence Ave in Janesville Wisconsin.

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date approved: 10/13/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesMyers, Peter, Pork Packing Plant and Willard Coleman Building - Janesville, WI

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This building was constructed by Peter Myers on March 19, 1851. He used it for his Pork Packing Plant for many years. It is located at 117-123 N Main St in Janesville, WI.

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date approved: 10/22/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesMyers-Newhoff House - Janesville, WI

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Peter Myers was a rich French entrepreneur who built several buildings in downtown Janesville in the mid-19th century. The Myers-Newhoff House is located at 121 N. Parker Dr.

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date approved: 10/22/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesCourthouse Hill Historic District - Janesville, WI

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The Courthouse Hill Historic District rises above the city of Janesville and the east side of the Rock River on a steep bluff. It encompasses 30 blocks and 219 properties.

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date approved: 10/13/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesWest Milwaukee Street Historic District - Janesville, WI

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The West Milwaukee Street Historic District encompasses 11 blocks which include the imposing Art Deco Monterey Hotel, the Armory, the First Congregational Church and much more.

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date approved: 10/20/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesArmory, The - Janesville, WI

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The Armory was built in 1930 and served as the home of the National Guard 32nd Tank Company. It is located at 10 S High St in Janesville, WI. Today it serves as a dinner theater.

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date approved: 10/16/2007

last visited: 8/1/2011

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesJanesville High School - Janesville, WI

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The Janesville High School was built in 1923 and used as a school until December 1996. It now houses the Janesville Performing Arts Center and the Marshall Apartments. It is located at 408 S Main St, Janesville, WI.

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date approved: 10/15/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesJanesville Pumping Station - Janesville, WI

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The Janesville Pumping Station was built in 1887 as a private utility. It is located at 555 S River St in Janesville, WI. The building now houses offices.

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date approved: 10/16/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesMilton College Historic District - Milton, WI

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Milton College was started in 1844 and closed in 1982. Today there are 4 existing buildings from the college and another contributing building across the street.

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date approved: 10/11/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesMcEwan, Peter, Warehouse - Milton, WI

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John Goodrich made history when he constructed the Milton House using poured grout (concrete). The McEwan Warehouse was also constructed using this method.

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date approved: 10/12/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesAlexander, John, Wheat Warehouse - Milton, WI

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Joseph Goodrich made history when he constructed the Milton House using poured grout (concrete). The Alexander-Sunnyview warehouse is another building that was constructed using this technique.

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date approved: 10/12/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesGoodrich Blacksmith Shop - Milton, WI

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The Goodrich Blacksmith Shop was built by Joseph Goodrich and is constructed using poured grout. It is located at 28 S Janesville St, Milton, WI next to the Milton House.

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date approved: 10/11/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesMilton House - Milton, WI

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The Milton House was an important stagecoach stop and transfer point. It was also a pre-Civil War station in the underground railroad.

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date approved: 10/11/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesTurtleville Iron Bridge - Shopiere, WI

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The Turtleville bridge carries Hwy 51 across Turtle Creek. It was built in 1887 by the Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Company to carry horse and carriage traffic. It was repaired in the 1970's and continues to carry traffic today.

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location: Wisconsin

date approved: 10/25/2007

last visited: 6/26/2008

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesShopiere Congregational Church - Shopiere, WI

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The Shopiere Congregational Church was built in 1853. It is still an active church. It is located at 5328 Church St in Shopiere, WI.

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date approved: 10/25/2007

last visited: 10/6/2007

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesBeloit Water Tower - Beloit, WI

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Situated high on the east ridge of the Rock River valley sits the remains of an old water tower. This water tower was built in 1885.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member onfire4jesus

location: Wisconsin

date approved: 10/29/2007

last visited: 10/18/2014

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesCity of Beloit Waterworks and Pump Station - Beloit, WI

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This building and the water tower that towers above it on the hill used to provide water to the city of Beloit. Now both welcome visitors to the city.

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location: Wisconsin

date approved: 10/30/2007

last visited: 8/1/2011

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesEmerson Hall - Beloit, WI

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Emerson Hall was built in 1897 and named after Prof Joseph Emerson. It is located on the Beloit College campus in Beloit, WI.

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location: Wisconsin

date approved: 10/28/2007

last visited: 7/31/2012

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U.S. National Register of Historic PlacesPearsons Hall of Science - Beloit, WI

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Pearsons Hall of Science was erected in 1892-93 in honor of Dr. D. K. Pearsons, of Hinsdale, Illinois, whose gift made the building possible. It is part of Beloit College in Beloit, WI.

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location: Wisconsin

date approved: 10/26/2007

last visited: 6/7/2011

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