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List of National Historic Landmarks in Utah

This is a complete List of National Historic Landmarks in Utah. 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 according to a list of criteria of national significance.[1] The state of Utah is home to 14 of these landmarks, tying together a wide range of historic threads.

The table below lists all 14 of these sites, along with added detail and description.

[2] Landmark name Image Date designated[3] Location County Description
1 Alkali Ridge
Alkali Ridge
July 19, 1964
near Blanding
San Juan A set of widely-scattered archaeological remains of the earliest forms of Puebloan architecture, representing a period of transition from scattered, pit-style dwellings to a settled agricultural lifestyle. These multi-story buildings and kivas have yielded high-quality ceramics, and form the type location for the Pueblo II period (c. 10th century - c. 11th century). Landmark area is shown in red on map.
2 Bingham Canyon Open Pit Copper Mine
Photograph of the Bingham Canyon Mine, taken from near the rim looking down to the bottom of the mine pit. Alpine snows cover about the upper one-third of the terraces inside the mine.
November 13, 1966
Oquirrh Mountains
40°31′20″N 112°08′58″W / 40.52236°N 112.14947°W / 40.52236; -112.14947 (Bingham Canyon Open Pit Copper Mine)
Salt Lake The world's first and largest open-pit copper mine, Bingham Canyon was opened in 1904.
3 Bryce Canyon Lodge and Deluxe Cabins
Photograph of the Bryce Canyon Lodge, surrounded by pine trees, illuminated by the sun at a low angle against a clear sky, with visitors standing on the verandah.
May 28, 1987
Bryce Canyon National Park
37°37′34″N 112°10′00″W / 37.62618°N 112.16656°W / 37.62618; -112.16656 (Bryce Canyon Lodge and Deluxe Cabins)
Garfield The Union Pacific Railroad built this national park lodge in 1924-1927. The architectural style was used by railroads for lodges across the American west with the encouragement of the National Park Service.
4 Central Utah Relocation Center (Topaz)
Photograph of the word "Topaz" written in barbed wire strung on a chain-link fence, at the Central Utah Relocation Center in 2006.
March 29, 2007
near Delta
39°24′40″N 112°46′20″W / 39.411111°N 112.772222°W / 39.411111; -112.772222 (Central Utah Relocation Center (Topaz))
Millard One of 10 relocation centers for internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The internees were mostly from northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, and included many professional artists.[4]
5 Danger Cave
Photograph of the entrance to Danger Cave.
January 20, 1961
near Wendover
40°45′07″N 114°00′57″W / 40.751944°N 114.015833°W / 40.751944; -114.015833 (Danger Cave)
6 Desolation Canyon
Desolation Canyon
October 18, 1968
on the Green River
39°25′00″N 110°00′40″W / 39.416667°N 110.011111°W / 39.416667; -110.011111 (Desolation Canyon)
Carbon, Emery, Grand, and Uintah This remote canyon on the Green River was traversed by John Wesley Powell in 1869. Powell's expedition was sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.
7 Emigration Canyon
Photograph of a high and broad view of Emigration Canyon.
January 20, 1961
Salt Lake City
40°46′00″N 111°46′00″W / 40.766667°N 111.766667°W / 40.766667; -111.766667 (Emigration Canyon)
Salt Lake The Mormon pioneers traversed the Wasatch Range through this canyon at the western end of their trail, beginning in 1847. The canyon mouth is the location of Brigham Young's famous quotation "This is the place."
8 Fort Douglas
Historic photograph of Camp Douglas, a collection of tents and a few buildings around a tall U.S. flag amidst a desolate flat, which later became Fort Douglas.
May 15, 1975
Salt Lake City
40°45′53″N 111°50′01″W / 40.76467°N 111.8337°W / 40.76467; -111.8337 (Fort Douglas)
Salt Lake This US Army post was established in the 1860s to uphold United States authority in the Mormon territories, and to protect overland transportation and communication lines.
9 Mountain Meadows Massacre Site
Mountain Meadows Massacre Site
June 23, 2011
37°28′32″N 113°38′37″W / 37.475481°N 113.643625°W / 37.475481; -113.643625 (Mountain Meadows Massacre Site)
Washington Site of the controversial 1857 massacre of migrants by Utah territorial militia.
10 Old City Hall
Photograph of the Salt Lake City Old City Hall from the Utah State Capitol grounds.
May 15, 1975
Salt Lake City
40°46′26″N 111°53′12″W / 40.77393°N 111.8868°W / 40.77393; -111.8868 (Old City Hall)
Salt Lake Completed in 1866, the city hall also served as the capitol of the Utah Territory, and was the scene of many tensions between Mormon leaders and the United States.
11 Quarry Visitor Center
Quarry Visitor Center
January 3, 2001
Dinosaur National Monument
40°26′25″N 109°18′05″W / 40.4404°N 109.30125°W / 40.4404; -109.30125 (Quarry Visitor Center)
Uintah Built as part of the National Park Service's Mission 66 program of modern architectural design in the US national parks, this visitor center exemplifies the philosophy of locating visitor facilities immediately at the resource being interpreted. The building was closed due to structural damage from unstable soils in 2006, and extensive works, including construction of a new visitor center, were undertaken.
12 Reed O. Smoot House
Reed O. Smoot House
December 8, 1976
40°13′56″N 111°39′20″W / 40.232339°N 111.655529°W / 40.232339; -111.655529 (Reed O. Smoot House)
Utah The home of Reed Smoot from 1892 to his death in 1941. Smoot was a prominent US Senator best known for advocacy of protectionism and the Hawley-Smoot Tariff.
13 Temple Square
Photograph of Temple Square in 1897, showing the Assembly Hall, the Tabernacle, and the Salt Lake Temple.
January 29, 1964
Salt Lake City
40°46′12″N 111°53′34″W / 40.770083°N 111.89267°W / 40.770083; -111.89267 (Temple Square)
Salt Lake The earthly center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Begun in the mid-19th century, the Square's Mormon landmarks include the Salt Lake Temple, the Tabernacle, and the Assembly Hall.
14 Brigham Young Complex
Photograph of the Lion House from the sidewalk, with the Beehive House just visible behind.
January 28, 1964
Salt Lake City
40°46′04″N 111°53′17″W / 40.76771°N 111.88795°W / 40.76771; -111.88795 (Brigham Young Complex)
Salt Lake The Beehive House and adjacent Lion House were the residence of Brigham Young from 1852 until his death in 1877. As President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time of the Mormon settlement of the Salt Lake Valley, Young and his home were pivotal in the development of the Church, Utah, and the American west.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ National Park Service. "National Historic Landmarks Program: Questions and Answers". Retrieved 2007-09-21.
  2. ^ Numbers represent an ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Interior Secretary Kempthorne Designates 12 National Historic Landmarks in 10 States" (Press release). U.S. Department of the Interior. 2007-04-04. Archived from the original on 2007-10-27. Retrieved 2007-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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