The U.S. National Parks: The Quainter And More Picturesque Side Of America

There was a time in American history when nature was viewed as a place that had to be conquered and pillaged. The people of yesteryears wanted to either extract from it raw materials to be used for industry or be transformed into built-up areas where people can establish sprawling settlements. However, the end of the 19th century marked a radical change in perspective. Rapid industrialization took a toll on the natural environment and environmentalists became more active in campaigning for the preservation of Mother Nature. In 1832, artist George Catlin had a dream of the creation of a park where man, animals, and plants live in profound harmony. A few decades later, Catlin’s dream was realized when the first national park, the Yellowstone National Park, was established.

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Another landmark in the history of national parks was during 1903 when naturalist John Muir made a proposition to Theodore Roosevelt to go on a camping trip with him in Yosemite. Three years later, the Yosemite National Park was placed under the full control of the federal government.

During 1906, the Antiquities Act was passed which stated that the president has the authority to set aside historically significant landmarks that already existed in public lands. As such, Roosevelt immediately proclaimed Wyoming’s Devil’s Tower as the first ever national monument. However, the national parks were still under a bureaucratic mess for the next 40 years since many different departments supervised them. The National Park Service was then created in 1916 to fix the dilemma. After three decades, President Lyndon B. Johnson then sought to create more accessible national parks for the people. Since then, the National Park Service System has grown immensely. The rest, as they say, is history.

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The experts and professionals at Dwyer and Associates believe that humankind must do everything in its power to preserve the planet, including supporting conservation efforts of national parks. For more about these natural marvels, subscribe to this Facebook page.

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