This past week people across the nation have been celebrating the National Park Service's 100th birthday. The NPS was created on August 25, 1916. Here at the Palmer's Almanac we are getting in on the festivities by digging through the archive and publishing photos from various places within the NPS system. Here are a few more. Enjoy!
On 27 March 1814, Major General Andrew Jackson ‘s army of 3,300 men attacked Chief Menawa’s 1,000 Red Stick Creek warriors fortified in a horseshoe shaped bend of the Tallapoosa River. Over 800 Red Sticks died that day. The battle ended the Creek War, resulted in a land cession of 23,000,000 acres to the United States and created a national hero of Andrew Jackson.
Gulf Islands National Seashore offers recreation opportunities and preserves natural and historic resources along the Gulf of Mexico barrier islands of Florida and Mississippi. The protected regions include mainland areas and parts of seven islands.
Today the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of existence. The NPS was created by a congressional act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. The NPS serves to protect places of history and natural beauty that are considered treasures of the United States and its territories. The system includes 412 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House. To help celebrate I present here a few photos from the places I have visited within the National Park Service. Enjoy and Happy Birthday NPS!
The Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway is the number one most visited site in the National Park Service system. Over 15 million people visited the parkway in 2015. The Blue Ridge Parkway is the longest road planned as a single unit within the United States and it stretches almost 500 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains through North Carolina and Virginia. It encompasses some of the oldest settlements of both pre-historic and early European settlement.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
The second most visited site within the NPS system is the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco. It includes over 80,000 acres of ecologically and historically significant landscapes surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area.
Tonto National Monument
Tonto National Monument showcases two Salado culture cliff dwellings located in Arizona. Colorful pottery, woven cotton cloth, and other artifacts tell a story of people living and using resources from the northern Sonoran Desert from 1250 to 1450 CE.
De Soto National Memorial
The De Soto National Memorial west of Bradenton, Florida, commemorates the 1539 landing of Hernando De Soto and the first extensive organized exploration by Europeans of what is now the southern United States.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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