140 Years of Yellowstone National Park
March 1, 2012
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Today marks the 140th anniversary of the legislation creating Yellowstone National Park. Free market pundits should be reminded that without this law and relentless subsequent efforts, the Yellowstone region would today be a massive treeless plain pock-marked by countless mines and hotels, and crisscrossed by railroads and superhighways. The railroad barons of the 19th century wanted the Park as a tourist attraction but they also fought mightily to be given rights to do every manner of real estate and mining development (not to mention getting rid of those pesky native Americans and bison).
Yellowstone is just another lesson in the good that can come from a progressive federal government that looks out for the interests of all Americans and doesn’t yield to the greedy interests of big business.