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Photos: On this day – March 1, 1872 – Yellowstone National Park becomes the world’s first national park.

Posted Mar 01, 2013

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Eleven years after his failed first effort to get the area preserved, F.V. Hayden was finally able to make another attempt to explore the region, the Hayden Geological Survey of 1871. He compiled a comprehensive report on Yellowstone, which included large-format photographs by William Henry Jackson, which convinced the U.S. Congress to withdraw this region from public auction. Here are some of Jackson’s photographs.

(Wikipedia, Library of Congress)

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