National Parks

1964 5¢ John Muir
April 21, 1838

Happy Birthday John Muir

John Muir was born on April 21, 1838, in Dunbar, Scotland. Considered the “Father of the National Parks,” he dedicated most of his life to exploring wilderness and protecting it, most famously Yosemite Valley in California.

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2011 80¢ Voyageurs National Park
April 8, 1975

Voyageurs National Park

On April 8, 1975, an Act of Congress officially established Voyageurs National Park. The park preserves and commemorates the thousands of men who paddled their canoes through Canada and Minnesota with their bundles of furs.  Not only did they help grow the economy of the area, but they encouraged settlement and opened pathways previously unknown to bring people to the northwest.

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1934 3¢ National Parks: Mt. Rainier, Washington
March 2, 1899

Mount Rainier National Park

On March 2, 1899, William McKinley signed a bill establishing Mount Rainier National Park. It was the first national park created from land already set aside as forest reserves.

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2009 98¢ Grand Teton National Park
February 26, 1929

Grand Teton National Park Established

On February 26, 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed legislation creating Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park.

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2016 47¢ National Parks Centennial Bandelier National Monument
February 11, 1916

Bandelier National Monument

On February 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation establishing Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico.  The 33,677-acre park protects ancient pueblo structures and is home to a notable Civilian Conservation Corp district.

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1997 5¢ Mountain, non-denominational, self-adhesive coil stamp
December 26, 1935

Shenandoah National Park

On December 26, 1935, Shenandoah National Park was officially established in Virginia. The park is most well-known for its 105-mile Skyline Drive.

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1931 30¢ Bison, brown
November 5, 2022

National Bison Day

Since 2013, National Bison Day has been held on the first Saturday in November, which falls on November 5, 2022. Once close to extinction, bison populations have recovered due to prolonged conservation efforts and in 2016, the bison was made America’s national mammal.

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2022 60¢ National Marine Sanctuaries – Corals & Fish, Rose Atoll American Samoa
October 23, 1972

National Marine Sanctuaries

On October 23, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed legislation establishing the National Marine Sanctuary Program. This program protects and manages over 783,000 square miles of aquatic areas in and around the US.

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2020 $26.35 Grand Island Ice Caves – Express Mail
October 15, 1966

Creation of First US National Lakeshore

On October 15, 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed legislation establishing the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Superior. It was the first national lakeshore in the United States.

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