California Historical Resources
California's historical resources represent the contributions and collective human experiences of a diversified population spanning 10,000-12,000 years of occupancy in California. This rich heritage is embodied in the cultural and historical landscapes of California as evidenced by archaeological remains, historic buildings, traditional customs, tangible artifacts, historical documents, and public records extant in California. All these evidences of the past contribute to the sum total of California's history. Such historical resources provide continuity with our past and enhance our quality of life.
California Historical Landmarks (Landmarks) are buildings, sites, features, or events that are of statewide significance and have anthropological, cultural, military, political, architectural, economic, scientific or technical, religious, experimental, or other historical value.
California Points of Historical Interest (Points) are buildings, sites, features, or events that are of local (city or county) significance and have anthropological, cultural, military, political, architectural, economic, scientific or technical, religious, experimental, or other historical value.
The California Register of Historical Resources (California Register) includes buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts significant in the architectural, engineering, scientific, economic, agricultural, educational, social, political, military, or cultural annals of California. The resources below were listed in the California Register by the State Historical Resources Commission. This is not a comprehensive list of resources on the California Register and does not reflect resources listed in the California Register by consensus determination. To obtain a complete list of resources listed in the California Register please contact the appropriate regional Information Center.
The National Register of Historic Places (National Register) includes buildings, structures, objects, sites, and districts of local, state, or national significance in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture.
Additional information, eligibility criteria, and designation procedures for each of the registration programs can be accessed by clicking on the name of the program.