Other Important Dates
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March 1, 1872 - First National Park established with Yellowstone National Park
June 8, 1906 - Antiquities Act passed
August 25, 1916 - U.S. Congress authorizes the National Park Service
August 21, 1935 - Historic Sites Act
June 23, 1936 - Park, Parkway, and Recreation Area Study Act
September 3, 1964 - Wilderness Act
September 31, 1965 - Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965
October 15, 1966 - National Historic Preservation Act
October 2, 1968 - National Trails System Act
October 2, 1968 - Wild and Scenic Rivers Act


Park Service Codes
NB National Battlefield NP National Park
NBP National Battlefield Park NPres National Preserve
NBS National Battlefield Site NR National River
NBP National Historical Park NRA National Recreation Area
NHS National Historic Site NS National Seashore
NL National Lakeshore NSR National Scenic River
NM National Monument NST National Scenic Trail
NMem National Memorial WSR Wild and Scenic River
NMP National Military Park


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National Park History
The history of our National Park system and other federal lands began in 1790 when the District of Columbia was formed.  This included what now is part of our park system; the White House, the National Mall, and the National Capital Parks.  But it was not until Yellowstone was installed as a National Park on March 1, 1872 that you could truly say that the National Park System was founded.  And it was a great founding.  The National Park Timeline here will be organized by current park unit, in alphabetical order, and include the dates of formation, and any other changes that may have occurred.
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Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
to Cuyahoga Valley
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Dayton Aviation
to Gulf Islands National Seashore
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Hagerman Fossil Beds to Muir Woods
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Natchez to Russell Cave National Monument
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Sagamore Hill to Zion National Park
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Pre-Revolution History
1490-1499

Appalachian Trail


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Glacier National Park

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About Us

From the Grand Canyon to San Francisco Bay, all across the United States, America's historical sites and lands attract millions of recreational tourists, vacation travelers, and history buffs year after year.  They range from Civil War sites like Gettysburg to the natural wonders of our land at Yellowstone National Park.  Inspired by the best historical sites across the U.S.A., the website and other facets of America's Best History strives to provide one location where the history traveler can jump onto the trail, with a focus on the history of the best locations.  We will focus both on the history of our land, as well as our people, from the strife to found a nation, to the struggles and triumphs in between.  This site will attempt to be an ever-changing landscape, with pages that we hope will inspire you to remember where you've been on vacation and where you attempt to go, all while learning more and more about the inspiring sites and lands that make America great.

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Historic Sites
Acadia National Park
Alamo, San Antonio
Alaska
Antietam
Appalachian Trail
Barbary Coast - San Francisco
Blue Ridge Parkway
Boston
Cape Canaveral
Carlsbad Caverns
Chancellorsville
Chickamauga & Chattanooga
Cooperstown
Crater Lake
Ellis Island
The Everglades
Fort McHenry
Fort Sumter
Fredericksburg
Gettysburg
Glacier National Park
The Grand Canyon
Grand Teton
Great Smoky Mountains
Harper's Ferry
Hawaii Volcanoes
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Jamestown
Manassas (Bull Run)
Mount Rainier
New Orleans
Niagara Falls
Normandy
Oklahoma Land Rush
Olympic National Park
Oregon Trail
Pearl Harbor
Petrified Forest
Philadelphia - Independence
Plymouth Rock
Redwood National Park
The Roswell Incident
St. Augustine
St. Louis Gateway West
Sequoia and Kings Canyon
Shenandoah
Shiloh
Spotsylvania
Statue of Liberty
Stones River
Valley Forge
Vicksburg
Washington, D.C.
Wilderness, Battle of
Yellowstone National Park
Yorktown
Yosemite National Park
Zion National Park

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U.S. History Timeline
History Timeline Index
 
1700's

* 1770-1779 - The American Revolution
* 1780-1789 - The Nascent Democracy
* 1790-1799 - America Builds

1800's

*
1800-1809 - Exploration
* 1810-1819 - The War of 1812
* 1820-1829 - A Decade of Compromise & Doctrine
* 1830-1839 - Conquering the West
* 1840-1849 - The Mexican War
* 1850-1859 - Expansion & the Looming Divide
* 1860-1869 - The Civil War
* 1870-1879 - The Nation's Centennial Decade
* 1880-1889 - America Invents
* 1890-1899 - The Age of Immigration

1900's

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1900-1909 - The World Begins to Fly
* 1910-1919 - World War I
* 1920-1929 - Properity and Its Demise
* 1930-1939 - The Great Depression
* 1940-1949 - World War II
* 1950-1959 - Two Cars in Every Garage
* 1960-1969 - Civil Rights and Turmoil
* 1970-1979 - The Nation in Flux
* 1980-1989 - The Reagan Revolution
* 1990-1999 - Prosperity as the World Turns

2000's

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2000-2009 - The Fight against Terrorism
* 2010-Present - Economic Recovery

Pre-Revolution
1490-1499 - Columbus/Cabot
1500-1599 - Exploration
1600-1699 - Settlement
1700-1769 - American Rights