I've been mesmerized by what I didn't know about our National Parks and the photography. Yosemite's a spectacular area, but was too remote to interest anyone way back when. At the time, given the size of the country and lack of even railroads, it was originally given to the state of California for management. (Tourist traps were known then, as well as now.) An area outside of the original state "grant was later made a National Park, after Yellowstone.)Yellowstone was also deemed in the national interest to preserve, but there was only the Wyoming Territory, so they made it the first National Park. The Army, under Gen Phil Sheridan, policed the Park areas. There were no laws that they could use to enforce reasonable behavior in the Parks. In the Park around Yellowstone, sheep herders were a problem. So the Army moved the flocks to outside one side of the Park and the sheepherders to the outside opposite side. By the time they reconnected, the summer was over and the problem resolved until the next season.If you've managed to miss the first two installments, the first episode can be viewed here:http://video.pbs.org/video/1258704633/program/1072181584
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