Category Archives: National Monuments

Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower, America’s first National Monument, was established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 – ten years before there was a National Park Service.  Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming is hard to describe. The first word that comes to mind … Continue reading

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Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

In the middle of New Mexico are three distinct sites which make up Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. The visitor center for the monument is located in the town of Mountainair. Three large groups of ruins at Gran Quivira, Abó, … Continue reading

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Capulin Volcano National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument in northeastern New Mexico is significant in a variety of ways. This monument has several stories wrapped around it: geological, archaeological, and historical. Our visit was during the pandemic and the Visitor Center was not open … Continue reading

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Booker T. Washington National Monument

Booker T. Washington was born a slave in 1856 in Franklin County, Virginia on the 207-acre tobacco farm of James Burroughs. We recently visited his birthplace. Since it was during the covid-19 pandemic the visitor center was closed but the … Continue reading

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El Malpais National Monument

In September on our way to Phoenix, we made a slight detour to visit El Malpais National Monument and National Conservation Area southwest of Grants, New Mexico. El Malpais – the “badland” – is a landscape that encompasses volcanic cones, … Continue reading

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What Makes a National Park?

(Wrangell- St. Elias National Park, 13,188,000 acres) February 22, 2018, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial became Gateway Arch National Park. It is a lot easier to say and remember than the original title. Because of this re-designation, our list of remaining … Continue reading

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Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico

Fort Union sits in ruins on the plains of eastern New Mexico and has a story to tell. The adobe ruins that are visible from quite a distance are the third iteration of Fort Union. Located strategically on the Santa … Continue reading

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Fort Smith National Historic Site

On our trip from Hot Springs National Park, we made a very slight detour to visit Fort Smith National Historic Site. From the little information I had found earlier, I thought it would be a very brief stop with perhaps … Continue reading

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George Washington Carver National Monument

A bit off the beaten path in southwestern Missouri, we discovered the George Washington Carver National Monument and learned a great deal. From our American history classes, we knew that George Washington Carver discovered many uses for peanuts and that … Continue reading

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Pinnacles National Park

This spring we continued to work on our national park bucket list. Pinnacles National Park became the 40th national park we have visited. It is the newest park unit to attain National Park status, making it the 59th. Pinnacles was … Continue reading

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