Muir Woods Place in History

by admin on November 19, 2009

National Parks and Monuments are generally considered historically significant by association. Muir Woods National Park enjoys a relevance in American history unsurpassed by parks known for their beauty alone. There are a number of significant firsts attached to Muir Woods in terms of the national park system. Muir Woods, though the tenth National Monument designated after the Antiquities Act of 1906, was the first to be established on private land, given as a donation. Muir Woods stands as the first time the Antiquities Act of 1906 was used for the conservation of a particular living species, the Coastal Redwood tree. Furthermore, as the park sits just 12 miles from the San Francisco metropolitan area, Muir Woods marked the first time a National Monument was established in an urban setting.

In addition to the many firsts the establishment of Muir Woods claims as far as National Parks and Monuments are concerned, Muir Woods National Monument holds significance politically on an international scale. At Cathedral Grove in Muir Woods, on May 19, 1945, delegates of the United Nations held a ceremony in honor of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, dedicating a plaque in his name. President Eisenhower had been working with nations all over the world in hopes of establishing a group of United Nations. The United Nations charter would be signed in San Francisco later that Spring, on June 26, 1945.

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