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admin On June - 16 - 2009

The American system of national parks was the first of its kind in the world, providing a model for other nations to follow. On March 1 1872, Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the territories of Montana and Wyoming. The area was set-aside as a public park to be under the control of the Secretary of the Interior. On August 25 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed the act to create a federal bureau in the department of the Interior called the National Park Service. This bureau assumed responsible for the 35 national parks and monuments that had been, up until that point, under the authority of the Secretary of the Interior. Today the National Park Service continues to provide a means through which natural resources are protected and accessible to the public. The photographs compiled here document the history of conservation and the preserving of public space, showing the national legacy that is found in parks throughout the United States.
1883. Old Faithful
1883. Old Faithful in action. Haynes, F. Jay (Frank Jay), 1853-1921, photographer. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. cph 3c37257
1897.stagecoach Protected Trees: A Photo History of National Parksenvironment
c1897. Passengers on stagecoach passing through cut in large redwood tree, Yosemite National Park. Copyright by B.L. Singley. The Wawona tree, Maraposo Grove, Cal., U.S.A.
1901.Glacier Point.jpg
c1901.Photo shows a man standing on Glacier Point, facing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington. “Copyright, 1901, by H. [Henry] G. [Greenwood] Peabody, Boston.” cph 3b15395
1902.The Valley, Half Dome.jpg
c1902.The Valley, Half Dome, Nevada Falls, Cap of Liberty and imposing Sierras (E.S.E.) from Eagle Peak, Yosemite, Cal. New York : Underwood & Underwood, cph 3b43405
1903.Yosemite.jpg  Protected Trees: A Photo History of National Parksenvironment
Approximately 1903. Yosemite National Park. Early visitors to Yosemite came into the Valley on horse-drawn stages over a dusty road clinging perilously to the steep slopes. Photographed by Boysen, J. T. Credit: National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection
1904.Gateway to Yellowstone.jpgc1904. Gateway–entrance to Yellowstone National Park, U.S.A. New York : American Stereoscopic Company, manufacturers and publishers. cph 3c01056.
1905.Canyon Road
c. 1905. The magnificent new Virginia Canyon Road and Virginia Falls, Yellowstone National Park. Copyrighted by T.W. Ingersoll.No known restrictions on publication. CREATED/PUBLISHED: St. Paul, Minn. : Ingersoll View Company. CALL NUMBER: LOT 11959-5. Library of congress. Geyser.jpg
c1912. Grand Geyser in action, 200 feet high, Upper Basin, Y.N.P. Corona, N.Y.C. Stereo-Travel Co. Library of Congress.
1922.yellowstone Protected Trees: A Photo History of National Parksenvironment
1922 Historic tourism in Yellowstone National Park. Car tourists in front of Old Faithful. Credit: National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection
1930. Grand Canyon.jpg
June 19, 1930. Grand Canyon National Park. View of Canyon looking West. Photographed by Grant, George A. Credit: National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection

For more information about the parks system in America try the National Parks Services history page:

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