Where was the second National Park? | It was not Yosemite or the Grand Canyon

A common discussion around the fire is of just what lands were made national parks and when.

The current Hot Springs National Park was first established as a “national site” on April 20, 1832. OK, that mentioned, here is the official list:

Yellowstone was established by an Act signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, as the Nation’s first national park.

The summer and fall of 1890 saw the establishment of a number of national sites and parks).

August 19: Chickamauga and Chattanooga established as national military parks in Georgia and Tennessee.

August 30: Antietam established as a national battlefield site in Maryland.

September 25: Sequoia National Park established in California.

October 1: General Grant National Park established in California (and subsequently incorporated in Kings Canyon National Park).

October 1: Yosemite National Park established in California.

 So, Sequoia is #2. Any winners?

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A stitch in time saves nine, so we take a thousan stitches today to save nine tomorrow.” – John Muir 1912

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One Response to Where was the second National Park? | It was not Yosemite or the Grand Canyon

  1. Travis Taylor says:

    Of the current list of National Parks, Sequoia was second; however, Mackinac National Park was created in 1875 as the second National Park but was turned into a Michigan State Park in 1895:


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