Acadia National Park Centennial In July 2016 Three-Years Too Premature!
That, however, is a bit of poetic license — and I am sure the NPS knows that Acadia has NOT been a National Park for 100 years — as yet!
On July 8, 1916 the area south of Bar Harbor was established as the Sieur de Monts National Monument. Not a park, but a Monument — as is the case with ‘Canyon de Chelly‘, one of my most favorite places in the world, ever. See below for the distinction between the two.
It only became a park on Wednesday, February 26, 1919.
[Kind of ironic. Though this ‘creation’ would have happened in Washington, D.C., this would have been the dead of winter at the Park per se.]
It was the SAME DAY that the ‘Grand Canyon‘ was also established. So that is special.
But it was NOT called ‘Acadia’ in 1919! That only came to be 10 years later, on January 19, 1929. It was created as ‘Lafayette National Park‘. Here is the NPS brochure to ‘Lafayette National Park’ from 1921.
On page 3 of the brochure you can see this:
Wikipedia sums it all up quite succinctly.
Distinction between a National Monument and a National Park.
Click each image to ENLARGE and read here.
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