Celebrating the 100th Year of the US National Park Service 

National Park Service logo by the NPS, public domain

This August 25, the National Park Service is turning 100 years old! Yes, the caretaker of America’s best idea will be 100, and I’m celebrating by dedicating a whole week of posts on US National Parks. I will be featuring the National Parks that my husband and I have visited in the past years.

Let me begin with a short history of the National Park Service on this post.

President Woodrow Wilson. Photo by Harris and Ewing, public domain

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service to place the management of National Parks and Monuments under one agency. It was then that the first National Park established in 1872, Yellowstone, together with 34 other national parks and monuments, were placed under the protection of the National Park Service.

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone by Scott Catron CC BY 2.5

Since then, the US National Park System has grown to more than 450 areas designated as National Parks, National Monuments, National Memorials, National Military Parks, National Historic Sites, National Recreation Areas, National Seashores, among other things.

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Assateague National Seashore, Virginia

Thanks to artist George Catlin, who planted the idea in the minds of the country’s leaders, the country’s natural resources are being preserved for everyone to appreciate today and in the future.

Painter George Catlin portrait by William Fisk, public domain

My and my husband’s travel itineraries in the past did not usually include the National Parks of the State we are visiting. But then, in the Fall of 2012, we went to Rainbow Bridge National Monument, and my husband acquired a copy of a Passport to National Parks booklet. Ever since, National Parks became a regular in our travel itineraries.

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Rainbow Bridge National Monument, San Juan County in Utah

This week, it will be my pleasure to greet the National Park Service a 100th Happy Birthday, and to share the beauty of the National Parks hubby and I had been to.

Happy blogging!

Dee 💕

P.S. Go, find your park!

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nps.gov campaign photo

Sources:

https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/history.htm

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_National_Park_Service

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About Dee Gilbert

I am one half of a couple who loves to travel; the half who likes to write and share travel experiences. Reading about travelers' experiences inspire me more to see the world. So, I thought, perhaps in my own little way I could inspire others, too. :)
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