Poster A view of the Teton mountain range
A view of the Teton mountain range
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The National Park Service turns 100

As we stood shivering, waiting for the sun to rise in a meadow of sage and fading wildflowers, the Teton mountain range spread out in cinematic beauty to the west. Not once - not a single time - did the sight of those mountains fail to leave us in a state of awe. It must be impossible to live within view of the Tetons and actually get any work done.

Now repeat that special magic 411 more times, and you get the crown jewel of the Department of the Interior: the National Park Service. There's not a majestic mountain range that glows in the morning sun in all 412 parks, but each has its own, set of unique, amazing qualities.

The National Park Service was signed into existence 100 years ago - August 25, 1916, by President Woodrow Wilson. Join us as we celebrate the centennial on PT.

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