• 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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