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Creating National Parks

Congress authorized the first national park, Yellowstone, in 1872. It was the first of many areas of beauty and scenic wonder preserved by Congress for future generations to enjoy. In the following decade, Congress designated additional national parks to conserve wilderness, to promote recreation and tourism, and to celebrate the nation’s historical heritage. The National Park Service, created by an act of Congress in 1916, now oversees some 400 parks located throughout the U.S.

1 Image Petition in support of national parks from the California Associated... View All Images
1 Image The National Parks Preserve Wild Life. Poster, ca. 1939 View All Images