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Happy 100th Birthday! US National Parks in Photos

Shenandoah National Park

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Shenandoah National Park in Virginia was designated as part of the National Parks System on Dec. 26, 1935.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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In 1947, the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota was established by President Truman; it is the only National Memorial Park ever created.

Virgin Islands National Park

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Virgin Islands National Park, comprised of the majority of two islands, was created on Aug. 2, 1956.

Voyageurs National Park

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Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota was established on April 8, 1975.

Wind Cave National Park

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In western South Dakota, a unique environment created what was recognized on Jan. 9, 1903, as the Wind Cave National Park.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

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On Dec. 2, 1980, the largest National Park in America — consisting of 13.2 million acres — was brought into existence: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska.

Yellowstone National Park

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America's first National Park, established in 1872, is Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite National Park was founded on Oct. 1, 1890, in the State of California.

Zion National Park

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Congress set aside the land for Zion National Park in Utah on Nov. 19, 1919.