October 1, 1890: Yosemite Established as National Park
On this day in 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed a bill into law creating Yosemite National Park. This law decreed that about 1,500 square miles of public land in the California Sierra Nevada would be preserved for the public trust.
To learn more about all of America’s national parks, explore Ken Burns’s The National Parks: America’s Best Idea collections.
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