New online map feature Iowa historical sites


December 24th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new map featuring information about Iowa’s historical sites, National Register areas and cemeteries is now available online. The Department of Cultural Affairs says it has uploaded information to its Iowa Site Inventory database on almost 114,000 historical and architectural properties, 280 National Register districts and 3,500 cemeteries. It can be accessed at Cultural Affairs director Mary Tiffany Cownie says the site marks the first time that the statewide inventory of cultural resources has been made available to the public in such an easy-to-use format. Information on each property on the map varies. Some entries include a photograph but others have a full National Register nomination, newspaper clippings and project reports. Specific properties can be located by searching by location, name, functions, building materials, architect and National Register status.