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Greendale Historic District is national landmark

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VILLAGE OF GREENDALE, Wis. (WKOW) -- The U.S. Interior Department has designated the Greendale Historic District a a new national historic landmark in Wisconsin.

Located in the Village of Greendale, the Greendale Historic District was one of three government-sponsored "greenbelt" communities built during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

The Interior Department says Greendale represents the federal response to the high unemployment of the era and the need for housing reform for the urban working class.

This was one of 26 new national historic landmarks announced on Wednesday. One national natural landmark was also admitted to the list by Interior Secretary Ken Salazer.

Currently there are just over 2,500 designated national historic landmarks and nearly 600 national natural landmark sites across the United States.

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