Wyoming site named among 10 national historic landmarks

Ames Monument
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Cheyenne, Wyo. - Wyoming site named among 10 national historic landmarks

The Ames Monument west of Cheyenne along I-80 is among 10 properties recognized as having exceptional value to the nation. They were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service.

Other landmarks include properties honoring the nation's civil rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history.

The Ames Monument was chosen because it is a pivotal and highly significant work in the career of Henry Hobson Richardson. The simple massing and naturalistic materials of the Ames Monument, designed midway through his career, are a pure manifestation of a critical shift in his architectural design away from a reliance on references to historical stylistic motifs.

The other sites are in Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Florida, New York and Ohio.

"These 10 new national historic landmarks reveal important pieces of our nation's diverse heritage through art, architecture and stories of community and identity," U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell from Washington, D.C. "Today's designation ensures future generations can trace, understand and learn from these properties, which join more than 2,500 other landmarks nationwide."

For more information on the Ames Monument check out http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/Site/SiteInfo.aspx?siteID=16 and to see the other sites, head to https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-jewell-director-jarvis-announce-10-new-national-historic-landmarks