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Photo-of-the-Day / 2012-04-15 / Mackinac National Park 1875-1895

April 16, 2012

Did you know that Mackinac Island was our country’s 2nd National Park?  On April 15, 1875, just three years after Yellowstone became the 1st National Park, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the law designating Mackinac Island as the next National Park. That designation lasted only 20 years. In 1895, the small park was turned over to the State of Michigan, and the federal land became what is reportedly the first state-operated park in the country to be officially called a “State Park”. To commemorate the anniversary of the National Park designation, I decided to post a couple of Mackinac Island photos. 

One is just a simple snapshot showing the current State Park designation and the other is a favorite Island departure photo! Whether designated as a National Park or a State Park, this Island is in an international treasure.    

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