On This Day, 141 Years Ago

Gallitan Range, 1977, Northwestern section of Yellowstone National Park, Photo by J. Schmidt.
Gallitan Range, 1977, Northwestern section of Yellowstone National Park, Photo by J. Schmidt.

Today is Yellowstone National Park’s formal birthday. The Park’s 141-year-old history is interesting and worth checking out.

The land’s “human history” goes back even further — almost 11,000 years ago, Native Americans inhabited the environs and remained there until European fur traders came into it about 200 years ago.

On March 1, 1872, President  Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law, which  “set apart as a public park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”

And so you have the country’s first national park.

Photo collage by National Park Service
Photo collage by National Park Service

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