These Are Some Of Our Oldest National Parks [SLIDESHOW]

The Daily Caller | 2/12/2018 | Staff
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In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln gave Yosemite Valley to the state of California, “upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort and recreation,” according to Politico.

The Yosemite Grant Act that made the 15-mile-long valley available for public recreational use at the time made Yosemite an official state park.

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Lincoln’s Yosemite Act was the very beginning of what would eventually become the U.S. Antiquities Act, put in place by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906, which “obligates federal agencies that manage the public lands to preserve for present and future generations the historic, scientific, commemorative, and cultural values of the archaeological and historic sites and structures on these lands” (National Park Service).

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