Yellowstone National Park

Old FaithfulLocation: Wyoming, USA

Visited: July, 2009

Site Type: Natural

Inscribed: 1978

Background and Opinion:

In 1871, the famous American geologist Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden made a successful survey of the Yellowstone area and pleaded his case to congress. For his time, the proposal was pretty ludicrous, but he managed to convince our lawmakers. He argued that there was more to gain by leaving the land aside than to auction it off to developers. In March 1st, 1872, Yellowstone National Park became the first National Park in the world. Read more