National Parks

1991 29¢ Flag over Mount Rushmore
October 31, 1941

Mount Rushmore is Complete

On October 31, 1941, work on Mount Rushmore was completed 14 years after it began. The final monument was quite different than it was originally planned.

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 US #1452 was issued for the 100th anniversary of America’s first national park.  It pictures the old Filene Center.
October 15, 1966

Wolf Trap Farm National Park

On October 15, 1966, the Wolf Trap Farm National Park for Performing Arts was established in Virginia.  It’s the only National Park dedicated exclusively to the performing arts.

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2018 50¢ O Beautiful – Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado
September 3, 1964

The Wilderness Act

On September 3, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act.  The act protected 9 million acres from development and created the National Wilderness Preservation System that consists of more than 111 million acres today.

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2019 $7.35 Joshua Tree Priority Mail Stamp
August 10, 1936

Joshua Tree National Monument

On August 10, 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt used the power of the 1906 Antiquities Act to create Joshua Tree National Monument. Decades later, the trees received additional protection when the area was made into a national park.

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1929 2¢ George Rogers Clark
July 23, 1966

George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

On July 23, 1966, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park was established in Vincennes, Indiana.  The park honors this Revolutionary War hero and his role in the expansion of the Northwest Territory.

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1934 1¢ National Parks: Yosemite, California
July 16, 1934

National Parks Issue

On July 16, 1934, the first stamp in the National Parks Series was issued, honoring Yosemite National Park. The series was issued to raise awareness of America’s national parks, and was part of the Infamous Farley’s Follies…

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1934 7¢ National Parks: Acadia, Maine
July 8, 1916

Acadia National Park

On July 8, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson created Sieur de Monts National Monument, which later became Acadia National Park.  The park is located on Maine’s Mount Desert Island, Isle Au Haut, on the Schoodic Peninsula.

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1934 10¢ Great Smoky Mountains
June 15, 1934

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

On June 15, 1934, Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation establishing Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Home to some of the highest mountains in North America, the park is one of the most visited in the United States.

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2002 34¢ Greetings From America: Missouri
June 10, 1967

Gateway Arch Opens to the Public

On June 10, 1967, the Gateway Arch opened in St. Louis, Missouri. A monument to America’s westward expansion, it’s the tallest arch in the world at 630 feet.

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