Historical significance is determined by meeting at least one of the criteria listed below:
- The first, last, only, or most significant of its type in the state or within a large geographic region (Northern, Central, or Southern California);
- Associated with an individual or group having a profound influence on the history of California; or
- 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.
California Historical Landmarks of number 770 and above are automatically listed in the California Register of Historical Resources.
The Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco with Marin County
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, opened in 1923
- List of California Historical Landmarks by county
- National Historic Sites (United States)
- National Register of Historic Places listings in California
- Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument
- List of San Francisco Designated Landmarks
- www.californiahistoricallandmarks.com, private listings of California Historical Landmark
- Historical Landmark Database, private listings of Historical Landmark
- Historical California Landmark Database, private listings of California Historical Landmark
- "California Historical Landmarks". State of California, Office of Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-12-01.
- State of California, Office of Historic Preservation, California Historical Landmarks Registration
- 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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California Historical Landmarks.
- Official OHP—California Office of Historic Preservation website
- OHP: California Historical Sites searchpage — links to lists by county.