Yellowstone National Park celebrates 150 years

This poster from 1938 depicted Old Faithful erupting at Yellowstone National Park.

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Yellowstone National Park reached a milestone this year. It turned 150 years old and we at The Montana Standard thought this particular birthday was worth noting.

President Ulysses S. Grant was not a big proponent of conservation, and yet, he was the chief executive to sign into law the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act 150 years ago this past March.

Yellowstone became a national park long before Wyoming officially became a state. That didn’t occur until July 10, 1890.

The Great Falls of Yellowstone was also the subject of a painting by well-known artist, Thomas Moran. This photograph was taken in 1967.

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Yellowstone, at 2.2 million acres, was America’s first national park. 

Now, there are63 national parks in 30 states, as well as the U.S. territories of American Samoa and the Virgin Islands. Another may soon join the ranks. Work is underway to designate the Chiricahua National

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