March 2017

This Day in History… March 1, 1872

Yellowstone Becomes First National Park 

U.S. #760 – One of the Farley’s Follies printings of 1935.

On March 1, 1872, president Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation establishing Yellowstone National Park, the first such park in the world.

Some of the earliest-known inhabitants of the Yellowstone area were the Minnetaree tribe. They named the area’s great river “Mi tsi a da zi,” which means “Rock Yellow River.” They gave the river this name for the rocks that had been turned yellow by the minerals in the water.

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