• Maps of Great Smoky Mountains National Park -- Mapping the National Parks

    Great Smoky Mountains National Park, encompassing some of the oldest mountains on earth, is located in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. The state boundary line bisects the park, which is one of the largest in the eastern United States. Measuring fifty-four miles long and nineteen miles across at its widest point the park consists of slightly more than half a million ...

    • Date: 1540
  • About this Collection -- Mapping the National Parks

    This collection documents the history, cultural aspects and geological formations of areas that eventually became National Parks. The collection consists of approximately 200 maps dating from the 17th century to the present, reflecting early mapping of the areas that would become four National Parks, as well as the parks themselves. Production of this collection is being supported by a generous gift from The Rockefeller ...

  • Brief History of the National Parks -- Mapping the National Parks

    Many of America's most scenic and historic places have been set aside for the use of the public as national parks. "National Parks are spacious land . . . areas essentially in their primeval condition and so outstandingly superior in beauty to average examples of their several types as to demand preservation intact and in their entirety for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of ...

  • Related Resources -- Mapping the National Parks

    The American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920 collection contains many photographs of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record, 1933-Present collection contains a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies found in Yellowstone, Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, and Grand Canyon National Parks. The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920 collection brings together a ...

  • Maps of Arcadia National Park -- Mapping the National Parks

    Acadia, established in 1919, was the first national park east of the Mississippi River. It was also the first national park on a coast, and the first to be donated to the federal government by private individuals who gave land that they had previously owned as well as land specifically purchased, in order to preserve it for the use of the public. Early European ...

    • Date: 1607
  • Yellowstone, the First National Park -- Mapping the National Parks

    Among those who played key roles in establishing Yellowstone as the Nation's first national park was Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden. His accomplishments in 1871-72 were the high point of a long and distinguished career in public service. Detail of Preliminary survey of burned areas, Yellowstone National Park and adjoining national forests, 1988. The Yellowstone area was almost the last unexplored region within the coterminous United ...

    • Date: 1869
  • Maps of Grand Canyon National Park -- Mapping the National Parks

    The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in northwestern Arizona is one of the earth's greatest natural wonders. It became a national park in 1919. So famous is this landmark to modern Americans that it seems surprising that it took more than thirty years for it to become a national park. President Theodore Roosevelt visited the rim in 1903 and exclaimed: Early European Maps ...