Crowd gathers around Old Faithful in Yellowstone national park 1949.

The First National Park

On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law, officially creating the first national park in the

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Sweeping ariel view of the Grand Canyon

John Muir on the Grand Canyon

Perhaps the most well-known naturalist and conservationist, John Muir both inspired and lamented the steadily growing mass of tourists to the American West, who, with

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