Turning 100: Major Milestones in the National Park Service

For a century, the National Park Service has protected our nation’s treasures. Every day, it works to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy national parks – places that belong to all Americans. As we celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday this week, check out the top moments in the National Park Service’s history.

  • 1864: The birth of the national park idea.
  • 1872: The world’s first national park.
  • 1906: The first national park to preserve our culture.
  • 1916: National Park Service is born.
  • 1916: Bringing national parks to the East Coast.
  • 1933: Becoming America’s storyteller.
  • 1933-1942: Putting people to work in national parks.
  • 2016: From 35 to more than 400 national parks.

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