California Historical Landmark

California Historical Landmarks (CHLs) are buildings, structures, sites, or places in the U.S. state of California that have been determined to have statewide historical landmark significance.

California State Capitol from Capitol Mall - Sacramento (26429122855)
The California State Capitol, one of the state's most visited Historical Landmarks


Historical significance is determined by meeting at least one of the criteria listed below:[1]

  1. The first, last, only, or most significant of its type in the state or within a large geographic region (Northern, Central, or Southern California).
  2. Associated with an individual or group having a profound influence on the history of California.
  3. A prototype of, or an outstanding example of, a period, style, architectural movement or construction; or is one of the more notable works, or the best surviving work in a region, of a pioneer architect, designer, or master builder.[1]

Other designations

California Historical Landmarks of number 770 and above are automatically listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.

By contrast, a site, building, feature, or event that is of local (city or county) significance may be designated as a California Point of Historical Interest.[1]


Custom House, Custom House Plaza, Monterey (Monterey County, California)

The Old Customhouse in Monterey, the first designated California Historical Landmark, where U.S. Commodore John Drake Sloat raised the American flag and declared California part of the United States in 1846


Mission San Diego de Alcalá in San Diego was founded as the first Spanish mission in California in 1769


The Cecil B. DeMille Studio Barn, now the Hollywood Heritage Museum, was where Cecil B. DeMille and Jesse Lasky established Hollywood's first major film company studio in 1913

HP garage front

The HP Garage in Palo Alto, considered the "Birthplace of Silicon Valley", where David Packard and William Redington Hewlett developed their first product in the 1930s


The Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco with Marin County


Sutter's Mill, Marshall Gold Discovery Site, where James W. Marshall first discovered gold in 1848, sparking the California Gold Rush


Fort Ross was established as a trading post by Russian colonists in 1812

Beringer Brothers-Los Hermanos Winery, 2000 Main St., St. Helena, CA 10-16-2011 2-18-03 PM

Founded in 1875, Beringer is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Napa Valley

19Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3911 S. Figueroa St. University Park

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, opened in 1923

See also


  1. ^ a b c "California Historical Landmarks". State of California, Office of Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
  • Johnson, Marael (1995). Why Stop? A Guide to California Roadside Historical Markers. Houston, TX: Gulf Publishing Company. p. 213. ISBN 9780884159230. OCLC 32168093.

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