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MAY 2016 | Vol. 21 | Issue 5 | Mail Run: 8,461 | Total Print Run: 11,500

 Your Good News Community Newspaper Serving Northern Frederick County, MD Since 1995

100 Years of National Parks

James Rada, Jr.

Y ou don’t have to travel out began when President Woodrow Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the bounty hunter; brush up on outdoor
west to visit a national park; you Wilson signed the “Organic Act” on Virgin Islands. Maryland is home to skills; or learn about moonshining in
can find five National Park Service August 25, 1916. This legislation 16 of these national parks. More than the area.
sites in Frederick County, Maryland not only created the NPS, but it give 300 million people visit national parks In Emmitsburg, patrons can
(described below), plus the Gettysburg the NPS the job “ conserve the in the United States annually. This is view the art of Catoctin Artists in
National Military Park located to scenery and the natural and historic roughly 1,000 times the number of Residence and come face-to-face with
our north just over the Pennsylvania objects and the wild life therein and to people who visited U.S. national parks some of the birds and animals from
state line. This year would be a great provide for the enjoyment of the same in 1916. Catoctin Mountain.
year to visit these parks because the in such manner and by such means With such a large anniversary To encourage participation in these
National Park Service is celebrating its as will leave them unimpaired for the for the NPS, you can be sure that events, the library system and NPS
centennial! enjoyment of future generations.” more than the parks will be holding are offering a free overnight stay in
“America’s national parks are “It had far-reaching ramifications, celebrations in its 407 national parks. the Canal Quarters at Point of Rocks
beautiful, emotional places,” Ed. W. which continue to impact 6,815,195 Many individuals will host cookouts (Lockhouse 28).
Clark, superintendent of Gettysburg park visitors per year in Maryland and celebrations, and in Frederick For every NPS/FCPL Centennial
National Military Park and alone. Even individuals who have County, the Frederick County Public partnership program you and your
Eisenhower National Historic Site, never visited a park, if such people Libraries (FCPL) is hosting a series family attend in 2016 in the parks
said in a park news release. “Places do exist, are impacted by the tourism of talks and activities in conjunction and libraries, you will have a chance
like Gettysburg National Military dollars that are derived from NPS with the NPS. to enter into the drawing for the
Park, Flight 93 National Memorial, sites in their communities,” said Mary “To celebrate the 100th overnight stay.
and the Selma to Montgomery Mannix, Maryland Room Manager anniversary of this momentous Visit for more
National Historic Trail tell us more with the Frederick County Public act, Frederick County Public information. The drawing will take
about who we are and help us Libraries. Libraries is partnering with several place on December 31, 2016, and the
understand history. Many parks are In 1916, there were 35 parks and of Frederick County’s NPS sites for winner will be notified.
natural wonders that offer scenic monuments under National Park a year-long celebration of events, Find out more about what’s going
getaways, wildlife viewing, and other Service jurisdiction; today there are unique programs, and informational on to celebrate the National Park
adventures. The centennial is about over 400. They are located on over displays,” said Mannix. Service anniversary in your local
celebration, discovery, and making 84 million acres of land throughout Patrons can join in storytime walks library at
new connections.” our 50 states, along with sites in in Catoctin Park; hear a talk about programs-events/national-park-
The National Park Service (NPS) Washington, D.C., American Samoa, James “Snap” Rouzer, a 19th century service-centennial.

A ppalachian National Scenic Trail C atoctin Mountain Park C hesapeake and Ohio Canal M onocacy National Battlefield
National Park Service Sites ( ( National Historical Park (www.nps. (
An Overview of the NPS sites in Frederick County, Maryland

In 1864, General Jubal Early and
Home to Camp David, this park’s
This 2,180-mile-long trail traverses
This 184.5-mile-long canal runs from Confederate forces were approaching
all types of terrains along the
land has served multiple uses over
the years: Native Americans quarried
Appalachian Mountains. It runs
Washington, D.C., with the intent of
Cumberland, MD to Georgetown,
rhyolite there; its trees were used to
capturing it. General Lew Wallace and
along the Maryland side of the
from Springer Mountain in Georgia
fire the charcoal and iron industry;
his outnumbered Union troops met
Potomac River. The canal is no
to Mount Katahdin in Maine. It
the Confederate troops at Monocacy
passes through our area from
longer used, but there are still
moonshiners hid their stills there; the
stretches that are flooded and where Junction. Their battle delayed the
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Works Progress Administration and
the Civil Conservation Corps created
you can ride a canal boat through a
Confederates long enough for
to Caledonia State Park, east of
the nation’s first Job Corps Center.
Washington to reinforce its defenses.
Gettysburg, PA.
P otomac Heritage National Scenic
Scan QR Trail (
code with This is a series of trails that connect
a mobile the Potomac and Upper Ohio river
phone basins. You can explore routes
to link traveled by George Washington on
directly foot, bicycle, horse, and by boat,
contrasting landscapes between the
to our Chesapeake Bay and the Allegheny
website. Highlands.
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