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On February 26, 1919, Acadia National Park was established on the coast of Maine

February 26

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 26 of February, repeating indefinitely

On February 26, 1919, Acadia National Park was established on the coast of Maine. The park is a striking combination of islands, mountains, and rocky coastline, formed by the motion of the Atlantic and the recession of glaciers 15,000 years ago.

Acadia’s Cadillac Mountain is the highest peak on the U.S. east coast. In fact, for about half of the year, it is the place to view the sunrise before anyone else in the country.

Did you know? When Acadia was established in 1919, it was not named “Acadia”, but “Lafayette National Park” in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette, a crucial French ally to the revolutionary United States. Ten years later it would become “Acadia,” after the French colony Acadia, which once claimed the region.

 

Schoodic Peninsula from Mount Desert at Sunrise, Frederic Edwin Church, c. 1850s

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer

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February 26
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