Most People Don’t Know America’s First National Park Is Right Here In Arkansas
If someone asked you about the first national park in the U.S., you’d probably think about Yellowstone, right? Well, you’d be sort-of correct in thinking that way. Yes, Yellowstone was the first federally protected land to be called a national park. But no, it was not the first national park. America’s actual first national park may miss out on some fame because it predated what we now call the National Park Service, but that doesn’t make Hot Springs National Park any younger than Yellowstone.
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J.B. Weisenfels has lived in rural Arkansas for three decades. She is a writer, a mom, and a graduate student. She is also an avid collector of tacky fish whatnots, slightly chipped teapots, and other old things. In her spare time she enjoys driving to the nearest creek to sit a while. If you were to visit her, she'd try to feed you cornbread.
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