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10,199. [William Henry] Jackson’s photographs and [Thomas] Moran’s water-colours had an entirely unexpected outcome. Congressmen in Washington were so impressed by the spectacular images that they passed a bill designated the Yellowstone region, America’s first national park. (Art & Photography & Park) Andrew Graham-Dixon, Art of America 1/3, BBC 2011
30,989. Rochester: he called it A Ramble in St James’s. He described the park of night teeming with men and women of all ranks, all of them up to no good ... Buggeries, rapes and incest. (England & Women & Park) Dr Lucy Worsley, Harlots, Housewives and Heroines: A 17th Century History for Girls III: Act Three: At Work and at Play
48,645. The park lies directly downwind from a slew of coal plants. Virtually all of the major contaminants in the local air and water are direct results of coal emissions. Coal produces ozone, which kills trees. Coal produces sulfates, which kill fish. No other park in the country has more ozone or sulfates than Shenandoah National Park. (Coal & Park) Wil S Hylton
52,682. For the first time a park meant not the private estate of some aristocrat but a public place in a town without barriers of class or property, laid out like here in Birkenhead in the 1840s with ponds and brambles and lawns. Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Forces of Nature
52,683. Sort of national property in which every man has a right and interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy. William Wordsworth, re Lake District
52,684. George Melendez Wright was saviour of wildlife in America’s national parks. Ernest Ortega
52,685. The best idea we’ve ever had. Wallace Stegner
52,686. Parks are like going home. Shelton Johnson, Park Ranger
52,687. How did we as a people get here? I think that when people go to a National Park they get a sense of compass, to history. Shelton Johnson
52,688. A desire to fully invest my physical and my spiritual self in America. Shelton Johnson
52,689. They are a treasure house of Nature’s superlatives. 84 million acres of the most stunning landscapes anyone has ever seen. Ken Burns, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: The Scripture of Nature 1851-1871
52,690. Cathedrals of stone daily ornamented by cascading ribbons of water. ibid.
52,691. A geological wonderland with rivers that steam, mud that boils, amidst the greatest collection of geysers in the world. ibid.
52,692. They are more than a collection of rocks and trees and inspirational scenes from Nature ... An idea born in the United States. ibid.
52,693. The artist George Catlin ... called for the creation of a nation’s park. ibid.
52,694. Something totally unprecedented in human history – setting aside not a landscaped garden or a city park but a large tract of natural scenery for the future enjoyment of everyone. (Parks & Nature) ibid.
52,695. It was all part, Muir said, of his unconditional surrender to Nature. The winds and cascading creeks seemed to sing an exalting chorus audible to anyone willing to listen. He contemplated the life of a raindrop. (Parks & Nature) ibid.
52,696. A God who revealed Himself through Nature. (Parks & Nature) ibid.
52,697. If Yosemite was a temple, he [John Muir] would become its high priest. (Parks & Nature) ibid.
52,698. Yellowstone: Jim Bridger, another mountain man, had also told tales of the place. Ken Burns, The National Parks: Colter’s Hell 1871-1890
52,699. They gave names to the other geysers too. ibid.
52,700. An unimaginable strangeness and beauty. ibid.
52,701. On March 1st 1872 President Ulysses S Grant signed the Bill creating Yellowstone Park. ibid.
52,702. This would be a national park. The first national park in the history of the world. ibid.
52,703. The prime attractions of Yellowstone were about to be completely surrounded and exploited. ibid.
52,704. He [John Muir] had soon grown restless to travel again. ibid.
52,705. Here the glaciers marched right down to the sea ... Alaska, he wrote, is Nature’s own reservation, and every lover of wildness will rejoice with me that by kindly frost it is so well preserved. (Parks & Glacier & Alaska) ibid.
52,706. Muir threw himself into what became a pitched battle to preserve the high company. ibid.
52,707. Muir was hurt but endured it all, going directly to the people. ibid.
52,708. There were now four national parks. Flushed with the success of his first venture into the world of politics, Muir immediately began making new plans. He wanted more parks, bigger parks, and more park supporters to defend them against the enemies he knew would oppose them. He was right. ibid.
52,709. Now the nation stretched all the way to the Pacific. Ken Burns, The National Parks: The Last Refuge 1890-1903
52,710. The park idea, not yet a quarter century old, still seemed an uncertain experiment. ibid.
52,711. Having created the National Parks, Congress had not seen fit to provide some kind of an authority to oversee them. ibid.
52,712. No-one was more thankful for the army’s presence than John Muir. ibid.
52,713. There was still no federal law giving Yellowstone’s caretakers clear authority to protect its wildlife, including its dwindling herd of wild buffalo. ibid.
52,713. Muir considered forests sacred; he wanted them treated as parks. (Parks & Forests) ibid.
52,714. Before his [Roosevelt] presidency was over he would create five new national parks, fifty-one national bird sanctuaries, four national game refuges, eighteen national monuments, and more than 100 million acres worth of national forests. Ken Burns, The National Parks: Leave It As It Is 1903-1915
52,715. On January 11th 1908 declaring the Grand Canyon ‘an object of unusual scientific interest, being the greatest eroded canyon within the United States’ Roosevelt set aside 860,400 acres as a national monument. ibid.
52,716. Four years after Muir’s death, work on the dam he had opposed with all his strength began. (Parks & Dam) ibid.