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On this day in 1916, the United States National Park Service was created

August 25

On this day in 1916, the United States National Park Service was created to preserve the nation’s important “natural and cultural resources” for its citizens and all future generations of Americans. At the time, there were 35 national parks and monuments in the country, including Yellowstone National Park (the oldest national park, established in 1872).

Today, there are 423 national park sites across the United States and American territories.

Did you know? The most recent addition to the national park system is the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument in Jackson, Mississippi, which became a national monument in late 2020. The site, home of civil rights activists Medgar and Myrlie Evers, commemorates the Evers’ work and marks the first murder of a nationally significant Civil Rights leader.

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Thomas Moran, 1872

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August 25
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