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Historic Places in California
Cabrillo National Monument, California1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106
Phone: (619) 557-5450
Description: Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States.
Castle Mountains National Monument, California2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: (760) 252-6100
Description: Castle Mountains represents some of the most unique elements of the Mojave Desert. Nestled between the Nevada state line and Mojave National Preserve, the nearly 21,000 acres of Castle Mountains boasts Joshua tree forests, unbroken natural landscapes, rare desert grasslands, and rich human history.
César E. Chávez National Monument, California29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Road
Keene, CA 93531
Phone: (661) 823-6134
Description: Widely recognized as the most important Latino leader in the United States during the twentieth century, César E. Chávez led farm workers and supporters in the establishment of the country's first permanent agricultural union. His leadership brought sustained international attention to the plight of U.S. farm workers, and secured for them higher wages and safer working conditions
Devils Postpile National Monument, CaliforniaDevils Postpile Access Road
Board the Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile Shuttle Bus at any stop in the Reds Meadow Valley.
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone: (760) 934-2289
Description: Devils Postpile National Monument is only open during the summer months.
Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry.
Fort Point National Historic Site, CaliforniaFort Point National Historic Site
Building 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: (415) 504-2334
Description: From its vantage point overlooking the spectacular Golden Gate, Fort Point defended the San Francisco Bay following California's Gold Rush through World War II. Its beautifully arched casemates display the art of 3rd system brick masonry and interacts gracefully with the Golden Gate Bridge.
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, CaliforniaEugene O'Neill NHS
P.O. Box 280
Danville, CA 94526
Phone: (925) 838-0249
Description: America's only Nobel Prize winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill, chose to live in Northern California at the height of his writing career. Isolated from the world and within the walls of his home, O'Neill wrote his final and most memorable plays; The Iceman Cometh, Long Day's Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten.
John Muir National Historic Site, California4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: (925) 228-8860
Description: John Muir played many roles in his life, all of which helped him succeed in his role as an advocate for Nature. As America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist, Muir fought to protect the wild places he loved, places we can still visit today. Muir’s writings convinced the U.S. government to protect Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon and Mt. Rainier as national parks.
Lava Beds National Monument, California1 Indian Well HQ
Tulelake, CA 96134
Phone: (530) 667-8113
Description: Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you!
Manzanar National Historic Site, California5001 Highway 395
Independence, CA 93526
Phone: (760) 878-2194
Description: In 1942, the United States government ordered more than 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps. Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of ten camps where Japanese American citizens and resident Japanese aliens were incarcerated during World War II.
Muir Woods National Monument, California1 Muir Woods Rd
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Phone: (415) 561-2850
Description: Walk among old growth coast redwoods, cooling their roots in the fresh water of Redwood Creek and lifting their crowns to reach the sun and fog. Federally protected as a National Monument since 1908, this primeval forest is both refuge and laboratory, revealing our relationship with the living landscape. What will you discover in Muir Woods?
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, California4202 Alhambra Ave
Martinez , CA 94553
Phone: (925) 228-8860
Description: On the evening of July 17, 1944, residents in the San Francisco east bay area were jolted awake by a massive explosion that cracked windows and lit up the night sky. At Port Chicago Naval Magazine, 320 men were instantly killed when two ships being loaded with ammunition for the Pacific theater troops blew up. It was WWII's worst home front disaster.
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, California1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA 94804
Phone: (510) 232-5050
Description: Explore and honor the efforts and sacrifices of American civilians on the World War II home front. Find out how they lived, worked and got along. Many faces, many stories, many truths weave a complex tapestry of myths and realities from this time of opportunity and loss.
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 561-7000
Description: The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located in San Francisco, California, United States. The park includes a fleet of historic vessels, a visitor center, a maritime museum, and a library/research facility.
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