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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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The U.S National Park Service administers 391 sites of historic, scientific, cultural, scenic or other interest. These include national monuments, national parks, national battlefields, national rivers and national cemeteries.

Here are some highlights about national sites...

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QUOTE: "I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder."

HINT: (1902-1984), was an American photographer and environmentalist.

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RANDOM TIDBITS

Although Yellowstone was the first national park (designated on March 1, 1872), it wasn't the first area set aside as a park. That honor is shared by the National Capital Parks, the White House, and the National Mall, all designated on July 16, 1790.

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National park status doesn't last forever. A couple dozen sites have been turned over to the states, or to other federal departments. For example, the Park Service transferred New Echota Marker National Memorial (a Cherokee heritage memorial) to the state of Georgia in 1950.

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The northernmost point in a national park is Inupiat Heritage Center at Barrow, Alaska, while the southernmost point is the National Park of American Samoa, below the equator.

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The farthest national park from Washington, D.C., is War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam. It's far closer to the Philippines than to Hawaii, let alone the continental United States.

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Devil's Tower in Wyoming began its history buried - a tall pillar of magma that leaked or burned through the other rock in the area, then cooled underground. Millions of years of erosion laid bare the 1,267-foot tower.

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Death Valley National Park also has a mountain. Telescope Peak, which tops out at 11,049 feet above sea level. From the top of this mountain to Badwater Basin it's twice the vertical drop of the Grand Canyon.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful - an endless prospect of magic and wonder."

ANSWER: Ansel Adams.

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