Monday, September 28, 2009

General Grant National Park

So I'm watching the Ken Burns film last night on the national parks, and the narrator makes mention of General Grant National Park being added to the national park system in 1890 as the 4th national park. This piqued my interest because I had never heard of it before.

Purely out of curiosity, I did a quick Google search which showed that the park was incorporated into the larger Kings Canyon National Park, which was established in 1940.

The area that was once known as General Grant National Park is now known as Grant Grove. It's a sequoia grove that includes the General Grant tree, the second largest tree in the world:

Another story that caught my attention last night was that of Truman Everts, a member of the Washburn-Langford-Doane expedition of 1870 that set out to confirm or expose the fantastic stories of the Yellowstone region. Everts became lost for 37 days before re-emerging on the north end of what today is the park boundary, weighing only 50 pounds! You can read about Everts' incredible ordeal from his first-hand account that was published in the November, 1871 edition of Scribner's Monthly by clicking here.

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smoky scout said...

That Everts story is pretty incredible, isn't it? I am looking forward to the rest of the PBS series having back stories like that.

The Smoky Mountain Hiker said...

I agree.

Two other incredible survival stories from the western frontier you might be interested in are of John Colter:

And, Hugh Glass:


lauren lane said...

I think the National Forests and all of Nature should be preserved, especially in areas where the building has gone out of control. We need some trees and "green" stuff around...or we will go totally mad.