BISMARCK - Two archaeological districts and nine ridgetops in McKenzie and Billings counties will be among the nominations to the National Register of Historic Places that a state board will review Friday, Aug. 31.
Lorna Meidinger, architectural historian with the State Historical Society of North Dakota in Bismarck, said the ridgetops are several high points along pathways that were used by Native Americans.
She said seven of the nine ridgetops are in McKenzie County and the other two are in Billings county.
The ridgetops were used by Native Americans into the 19th century, according to State Historical Society information.
The two archaeological districts are the Cinnamon Creek Archaeological District in McKenzie County and the Anderson-Divide Archaeological District in Billings County, Meidinger said.
The districts and ridgetops are in the Little Missouri River National Grassland in western North Dakota and administered by the USDA Forest Service.
The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 10 a.m. in the Legislative Assembly Room in the North Dakota Heritage Center. The board reviews nominations to the NRHP before their submission to the keeper of the NRHP for official consideration. The meeting is open to the public.
The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's list of properties considered worthy of preservation.
Other nominations the board will consider Friday include the Skarsbo Apartments and the Hariman Sanatorium, both in Grand Forks; and Woodrow Wilson School in Fargo.
An amendment to the Downtown Bismarck Historic District will extend the period of significance to 1957 and include the Cowan Building as a contributing resource. The boundaries of the district will not change.