The Wild West, or Toward Separate Islands

Mark David Spence

in Dispossessing the Wilderness

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780195142433
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848812 | DOI:
The Wild West, or Toward Separate Islands

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This chapter examines the movement that lead to the creation of the first national parks. President Lincoln's 1864 signing of the Yosemite Park Act, which set aside fifteen square miles of the public domain and placed it under the protection and management of the state of California, created an important precedent for the preservation of larger areas in the coming decades. Congress also drew up legislation that provided for the “preservation” of Yellowstone in its “natural condition.” Passed into law on March 1, 1972, the Yellowstone Park Act removed two million acres of public domain from “settlement, occupancy, or sale.”

Keywords: national parks; Yosemite Park Act; California; preservation; Yellowstone; Yellowstone Park Act

Chapter.  7499 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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