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“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison — beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world”

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“…Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sights which every American should see.”

Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, 1903, 5 years before he made the Grand Canyon a national monument.
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Name To Know

  • First explorer of the Grand Canyon a Civil War veteran: Union Major John Wesley.
  • Powell lost his right arm in battle. Yet, he ventured into complete unknown & uncharted territory exploring the West.
  • While 10 people set off on the initial exploration trip in 1869, only 6 came back. Powell survived & returned for a second expedition
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History of Preservation

  • Pres. Theodore Roosevelt made the Grand Canyon a national monument; Presidential proclamation protects federal land as a “national monument.”
  • Pres. Woodrow Wilson declared the Grand Canyon America’s 15th National Park in 1919 – 3 yrs after creation the National Park Service. New park often approved through Congress.
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Despite the park turning 100, it still sets attendance records. Last year was the 5th straight year of record people visiting the park w/more than 6 million people.

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