Yellowstone, Oldest U.S. National Park, And Cody — Home Of ‘Buffalo Bill — Celebrate Big Anniversaries

yellowstone oldest u s national park and cody home of buffalo bill celebrate big anniversaries

Buffalos grazing at Hayden Valley, Yellowstone, National Park, Wyoming, USA Getty

Known for its extraordinary natural beauty, including Old Faithful geyser and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, turns 150 next year.

In 1872, the U.S. government had the foresight to pass the “Yellowstone National Park Protection Act,” which says, “the headwaters of the Yellowstone River…is hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy or sale…and dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people.”

That single act inspired leaders around the world to set aside their own countries’ treasures, and there are now more than 6,555 parks around the world. In the United States, there are 423 National Park Service-managed sites with a variety of designations including national parks, historic sites, rivers, memorials, monuments, battlefields, preserves and recreation areas.

This year, Yellowstone celebrates several notable anniversaries:

85th anniversary of Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, near the northern entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Built in 1936, its signature Map Room contains a large map of the United States constructed from 15 kinds of wood.

5th anniversary of the renovation of Canyon Lodge, the largest lodging facility in the park. Canyon Lodge renovation was completed in 2016, with 500 rooms and cabins, and five LEED-certified lodge buildings.

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