The First parks

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
The upcoming new quarter program brought up discussion of just what lands were made national parks and when. Hot Springs National Park was first established as a “national site” on April 20, 1832. OK, that aside here is the official list:
(1) Yellowstone was established by an Act signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, as the Nation’s first national park.
(2) The summer and fall  of 1890 saw the establishment of a number of national sites:
(A) August 19: Chickamauga and Chattanooga established as national military parks in Georgia and Tennessee.
(B) August 30: Antietam established as a national battlefield site in Maryland.
(C) September 25: Sequoia National Park established in California.
(D) September 27: Rock Creek Park established in the District of Columbia.
(E) October 1: General Grant National Park established in California (and subsequently incorporated in Kings Canyon National Park).
(F) October 1: Yosemite National Park established in California.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A stitch in time saves nine, so we take a thousan stitches today to save nine tomorrow.” – John Muir 1912
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


3 Responses to “The First parks”

  1. Johnny Canal Says:

    1st park is U.S. Reservation #1, the White House, 1791

    Not a “National Park” but a park run by the NPS since 1933, the same year that Antietam NB and Rock Creek Park joined the National Park System…

    It is a silly argument, but a fun one…

  2. Johnny Canal Says:

    Wikipedia says 1620

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