National Parks

One of the first people generally credited with conceptualizing a "national park" was George Catlin (1796-1872), a self-taught artist who traveled extensively among the native peoples of North America, while sketching and painting portraits, landscapes, and scenes from daily Indian life. On a trip to the Dakotas in 1832, he worried about the impact of America's westward expansion on Indian civilization, wildlife, and wilderness. They might be preserved, he wrote, "by some great protecting policy of government . . . in a magnificent park . . . . A nation's park, containing man and beast, in all the wild and freshness of their nature's beauty!"

The idea had gained some acceptance years later, when in 1864 Congress donated Yosemite Valley to California for preservation as a state park. The establishment of Yellowstone National Park by act of Congress on March 1, 1872, for the first time signified that public lands were to be set aside and administered by the federal government "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people."  This enscription is carved into the rock of the Teddy Roosevelt Arch, the official entranceway at the north gate to Yellowstone from Gardiner, Montana.

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Alert in Yellowstone

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Amazing Grays V

Amazing Grays V  is a signed and numbered 20" x 35" limited edition print on paper by Nancy Glazier ~...

At Home in the World

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Bison in Winter

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One cold January morning Tom Murphy captured these two bison bulls who stood for several hours soaking up the heat...

Black Bear Cub Smelling Flowers

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Black Bear on Turkey Feather

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Buffalo on Turkey Feather

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