TRAVEL // ROAD TRIP: Vintage National Park: Yellowstone

Yellowstone became America's first national park in 1872 after Ulysses S. Grant signed the law into action. The first detailed (chronicled) expedition through the park happened only a few years earlier in 1869 by three privately funded explorers, the Cook-Folsom-Peterson Expedition.

Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for around 11,000 years. Organized exploration of the territory began in the late 1860s, with the U.S. Army commissioned to watch over it just over the establishment of the park. Yellowstone Lake, one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America, is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent.

The majority of Yellowstone's facilities were developed between 1933 and 1942 as part of FDR's new deal. The Civilian Conservation Corps was a relief agency created for young men. They developed camp grounds, constructed trails, reforested and more. Tourism fell sharply during WWII but experienced a major resurgence in the 1950s. Mission 66 greatly expanded facilities and modernized the traditional log structure. (Click here for a cool NPR article on the WPA era national park posters)

Photo Credit: 1 // Gypsy by Trade 2 // Photography Blogger 3 // Wikipedia 

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