Great Smoky Mountains National Park

On June 15, 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was established by the National Park Service. The United States National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site straddles the ridgeline of the Great Smoky Mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are a division of the larger Appalachian Mountain chain. The border between Tennessee and North Carolina runs northeast to southwest through the centerline … Continue reading Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Glacier National Park

On May 11, 1910, an act of the United States Congress established Glacier National Park in the state of Montana on the Canada–United States border with the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. The park encompasses over 1 million acres (4,000 km²) and includes parts of two mountain ranges (sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, … Continue reading Glacier National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

On February 25, 1928, Bryce Canyon National Park in the  United States was established. Located in southwestern Utah, the major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plagteau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream … Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park

United States #897 (1940)

Wyoming Statehood

On July 10, 1890, the Territory of Wyoming which had been established on July 25, 1868, was admitted into the United States of America as its 44th state. Located in the mountain region of the western United States, the state is the tenth largest by area, the least populous and the second least densely populated state in the country. Wyoming is bordered on the north by … Continue reading Wyoming Statehood

United States #763 (1935)

Utah Statehood

On January 4, 1896, Utah became the 45th state admitted to the United States, following nearly 50 years as a territory. The entire Southwest was Mexican territory when the first pioneers arrived in 1847. Utah is the 13th-largest by area, 31st-most-populous, and 10th-least-densely populated of the 50 United States. It has a population of more than 3 million (Census estimate for July 1, 2016), approximately 80% of … Continue reading Utah Statehood

Centenary of the U.S. National Parks Service

Today is the one hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the United States National Parks Service, created by President Woodrow Wilson.  The first public reservation in the country was Yellowstone National Park which had been established in 1872.   There are now over 450 natural, historical, recreational, and cultural areas throughout the United States, its territories, and island possessions designated as National Parks, National Monuments, National Memorials, … Continue reading Centenary of the U.S. National Parks Service