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Grand Canyon National Park Celebrates Its 100th-Year BIRTHDAY Today — Happy Birthday.

by Anura Guruge


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It shares a birthday with my other favorite National ParkAcadia.

That is how I know.

Strange. I haven’t seen anything in the media acknowledging this significant birthday.

I adore the Grand Canyon. I have visited it at least 8 times and know that I haven’t even scratched the surface. It takes my breath away each and every time without fail.

A natural wonder of the world.

Happy Birthday, the Grand Canyon National Park.

We need to be precise on this. The Canyon itself is much older. SMILE!


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100-Years Ago, Today, Acadia Graduated From Being A ‘National Monument’ To A ‘National Park’.

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Click image to access this post that EXPLAINS the transition from ‘National Monument’ to ‘National Park’.


Click to access the ‘WE WERE THERE’ post.


Well, first and foremost a fond Happy Birthday to a National Park we have visited 11-times (and counting).

Debatable as to what was the more significant centennial — the one in July 2016 when it became a National Monument or toady, when it was upgraded to a National Park.

The ‘Park’ itself commemorated the 2016 birthday. That made sense. Becoming a National Monument meant that it got ‘National’ status and protection. Plus, it was in July which made it a great time to celebrate. A bit difficult to have a birthday celebration in Acadia at the end of February.

But, let’s mark both.


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Flowers Of Acadia National Park — July, 2016 (Part I).

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All taken with the Fuji X-T1 I rented.

These were in the main taken on the periphery
of the Park, e.g., Somes Sound, Bar Harbor
& Northeast Harbor.
Another post of flowers within the Park Soon.

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During the Summer months and well into September Acadia National Park and the whole area around it is festooned with tantalizing flowers — off all shapes, sizes and colors — many wild but also quite a bit diligently (but lovingly) planted and nurtured to add to the ambience of this magical area. Though we live South of Acadia we in New Hampshire do not have 1/20th of the flowers that abound the Acadia area. It is so noticeable. I love to take pictures of the flora. Interestingly enough there isn’t that much fauna that you in this area — though we were lucky enough, once again, to see a solitary deer fairly close to the “Kebo Valley Golf Club” which is where we invariably see them.


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Acadia National Park 100th Birthday, Friday, July 8, 2016 — In 18 Pictures & Few Words.

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All taken with the Fuji X-T1 I rented.

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“Sieur de Monts” spring. The park was established on July 8, 1916 as the “Sieur de Monts National Monument”.

Mother Earth’s Creations Pow Wow artifacts Anura Guruge Fuji X-E2s


Jordan Pond Acadia National Park Anura Guruge Fuji X-T1


It was definitely very low-key, unstated and there were no fireworks of any sort. The Visitor Centers had some small stickers and tattoos with the Centennial logo lying inconspicuously on the counter while the main center, at Hulls Cove, and the gift shop at “Jordan’s Pond” had some Centennial merchandise. I, as is my wont, spoke to a few people and they had no idea that they were visiting the Park on an auspicious day. Once I told them they were, as was to be expected, tickled. The locals knew but were not making a big deal about it. One motel in Bar Harbor updated their roadside notice board to wish the Park a happy 100th birthday. That was about it. It wasn’t a great day weatherwise. Though there wasn’t much rain it was overcast, gray and gloomy all day. But we still had a good day — since it is neigh impossible not to enjoy yourself while in Acadia.

So that was Friday, July 8, 2016 on “Mount Desert Island” — Acadia National Park


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Acadia National Park Centennial In July 2016 Three-Years Too Premature!

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As I posted here 2-days ago the ‘National Park Service’ (NPS) on their Website has this banner proclaiming ‘Acadia National Park‘, 1916 — 2016, Centennial.

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:

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Interesting description of the Park. Doesn’t make it sound that appealing to visit.


Wikipedia sums it all up quite succinctly.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use link above to access Wikipedia entry for the Park.



Distinction between a National Monument and a National Park.

Click each image to ENLARGE and read here.

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What the ‘National Park Service’ says. At: http://www.nps.gov/cong/faqs.htm

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The ‘Sierra Club’ has a ‘better’ description. From: vault.sierraclub.org/planet/199611/nationalpark.asp


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1921 National Park Service Brochure For Acadia — When It Was Still Called ‘Lafayette National Park’

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Click to download 16-page PDF (5MB).


Interesting read. Has a good history of ‘Mount Desert Island‘ at the start (i.e., page6).

Not too many pictures. Here are two that do appear.

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Map Of “Mount Desert Island”, Maine (Primary Home Of Acadia National Park) From 1887.

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From the U.S. “Library of Congress“.

This map was created in 1887 by George N. Colby and J. H. Stuart as a part of series showing landownership in Hancock County, Maine. It shows all of Mount Desert Island. The Park, which was still 29 years away, is not shown.


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National Park Service Not Planning Anything For Acadia National Park July 8, 2016, Centennial (100 Years)!

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They do have this nice banner (showing the ‘Precipice Trail’). Click to ENLARGE. You can find it here: nps.gov/acad/index.htm


What happens when you click the “Join Us“.

It takes you to the non-NPS Website which I have already shared with youtwice.

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And here is that Website:
Click here for the ‘official’ Acadia Centennial 2016 Webpage
— by the ‘Friends of Acadia’ as opposed to U.S. Park Service.


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Acadia National Park July 8, 2016, Centennial (100 Years) — BUT No Public Ceremony At The Park!

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Click here for the ‘official’ Acadia Centennial 2016 Webpage
— by the ‘Friends of Acadia’ as opposed to U.S. Park Service.


Quite a few events listed BUT NOTHING
on Friday, July 8, 2016,
the actual centennial at the Park itself.

I thought there would be a public ceremony say
atop Cadillac Mountain by the
Stephen Tyng Mather plaque.

Seems a ‘poor show’.
Possible that the Rangers will still do something.
I guess I should check around.

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Picture taken by Deanna during our June 2014 visit (our 2nd visit).

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From above Website. Click to ENLARGE and read.


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U.S. Veterans — Shouldn’t They Have Unlimited FREE Admittance To All Our National Parks?

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I had never given this any thought until I got the following e-mail this morning.

Wow. U.S. Veterans do NOT automatically have unlimited FREE Admittance to all our National Parks?

Yes, I know that the National Parks need every cent they can get BUT wouldn’t this — i.e., FREE admittance for all veterans — be a GRAND gesture.

I know that Deanna has permanent free access to all the parks because she is officially disabled. So IF we can afford to do this for the disabled, and I know there are other categories that also get free or reduced access, why NOT the veterans. It would appear to be the LEAST we could do.

Look at the millions, if NOT Billions, being spent by the super rich to influence the elections. Couldn’t a few of them band together and give the National Parks $100 M a year (or more) and say this is to provide FREE access to all the veterans.

IF you like this idea run with it.

Here is the e-mail I received this morning — BECAUSE I am registered with ‘Grand Canyon National Park Lodges‘ as somebody who has stayed at the Park.


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