America’s best idea-that’s what the creation of the National Parks System has been called.
Developed by President Woodrow Wilson on this day 99 years ago, the park service is celebrating with free admission at over 400 sites.
Photojournalist Joseph Butash stopped by Steamtown National Park in Scranton.
(Additional Information from Bill Nalevanko)
The National Park Service was created by The Organic Act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. As we gear-up for the centennial celebration in 2016, Steamtown National Historic Site will join with the more than 400 National Park Service units to celebrate the 99th birthday of “America’s Best Idea” with an Entrance “Fee Free Day” on Tuesday, August 25!
The National Park System currently comprises 408 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites such as Steamtown NHS, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House. Steamtown National Historic Site is the only place in the National Park System where the story of steam railroading, and the people who made it possible, is told. The historic industrial railroad yard site features a visitor orientation center with exhibits showing how the former Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad’s Scranton Yards evolved from 1850 to present, a 250-seat digital surround-sound theater showing the park movie, “Steel and Steam,” an active roundhouse, and history and technology museums that tell a multimedia-rich story of the significance of railroad transportation in the United States. Visitors may join a scheduled Locomotive Shop tour and, for a small charge – $5 for all ages 6 and older – visitors can ride the “Scranton Limited” short train ride inside the railroad yards.
Located in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown NHS is open daily, 9 am – 5 pm. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. For train excursion information and reservations phone (570) 340-5204 daily, 9 am – 4 pm. General Park information is available at the Park website anytime!