1934 2¢ Grand Canyon
National Parks Issue
Issue Date: July 24, 1934
First City: Grand Canyon, AZ
Quantity Issued: 74,400,200
As a stamp collector, President Franklin D. Roosevelt personally oversaw the selection of stamp subjects and designs during his administration. As Roosevelt was reviewing suggestions for the 1934 schedule, Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes saw an opportunity to advertise the national park system. Ickes felt many Americans were unaware the federal government had set aside vast amounts of land for their enjoyment and for future generations. At his suggestion, 1934 had been declared National Parks Year. Ickes now proposed the legacy of the national parks be portrayed on postage stamps to give people a glimpse of their diversity and natural beauty. FDR approved the idea immediately, and ten parks were chosen, each to be pictured on a different denomination ranging from 1¢ to 10¢.
Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park is located in northwest Arizona. The Grand Canyon makes up almost the entire area of the Grand Canyon National Park’s 1,218,375 acres. One of the most beautiful canyons in the world, the Grand Canyon is a spectacular example of erosion. Parts of the canyon are up to a mile deep and 18 miles wide. The Colorado River created the 277-mile-long canyon over a time period of six million years. Rocks at the bottom of the Grand Canyon have been dated at possibly two billion years old.
The Grand Canyon was made a National Monument in 1908. It became a National Park in 1919. In 1979, the canyon became a World Heritage Site.
It has been one of America’s most popular parks since its founding. Every year, about 3 million tourists visit this National Park. Sites on the rim of the Grand Canyon offer breathtaking views. Visitors may also hike the park’s 38 trails, which traverse 400 miles of the park. Traveling into the park by mule is also popular.
Wildlife abounds in this protected area. Over 300 species of birds flourish in the park. About 120 types of animals, including beaver, bighorn sheep, elk, mountain lions and snakes live in the Grand Canyon. Many types of desert plants are found in the canyon, while forests are found along the rim.