Celebrating 150 Years of Yellowstone
March 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park. The world’s first National Park, Yellowstone spans over 2.2 million acres and is full of natural wonders, geothermal phenomena, and diverse, free-roaming wildlife. America’s legislation to protect this geothermal wonderland inspired national park systems around the world. Old Faithful geyser is just one of a myriad strange phenomenon, along with bubbling mud pots, steaming rainbow hot springs, steam vents, and the multi-colored travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. A truly wild place, Yellowstone’s valleys, passes, and canyons are home to bison, wolves, grizzlies, beavers, and elk. Visit the soaring lobby and massive fireplace of the Old Faithful Inn, an icon of rustic national park architecture.
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Yellowstone, the First National Park in the USA
History of the USA National Park System
On March 1, 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park, launching the US National Park System. Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Wyoming and Montana. Since this preceded statehood for both territories, they were placed under federal management within the Department of the Interior.
In subsequent years, the government protected many more areas, many of which were also in federal land. The system was piecemeal: designations included National Parks, National Monuments, Historic Monuments, Natural Areas, and Historic Areas. The administration was spread among the Department of the Interior, the War Department, and the Forest Service within the Department of Agriculture.
By 1916, there were 35 national parks and monuments managed by the Department of the Interior. That year, President Woodrow Wilson established the National Park Service to protect and administer these and future national parks. The National Park Service works to preserve US National Parks for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of all people.