12 January 2015

On This Day: Rocky Mountain National Park formed

It took an act of Congress but, On This Day in 1915, the Rocky Mountain National Park is formed. President Woodrow Wilson signed the act into law on 26 January 1915. The Park is finally dedicated on 4 September 1915. The park, located in north central Colorado, is absolutely breathtaking.  

Man has enjoyed the area since 10,000 BC. The Ute, Comanche, Goshiute, and Shoshone peoples gathered in spring and summer to hunt there as early as 6,000 BC. The Apache finally appear in the park area around 1800. In 1820 the first non Native Americans finally enter and view the park area. They are known as the Stephen A Long Expedition. 

Cache la Poudre Pass, NPS 

Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, NPS http://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm  


On This Day is a prompt I started this month to further explore historical events. I will make every effort to keep events localized to that of my research or research I am conducting for others. However, from time to time, it will simply be a subject that captured my attention. Some posts will be brief while others may be more detailed.                

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.