Happy 98th Birthday National Park Service!

Rangers having fun in Mammoth Cave.
Mammoth Cave rangers display the new NPS centennial logo 150 feet below the surface.

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News Release Date: August 25, 2014

Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., August 25, 2014 – August 25, 2014, is the 98th birthday of the National Park Service, and the 198th anniversary of the first cave tours through Mammoth Cave – and more!

"The year 2016 is going to be a big one at Mammoth Cave National Park," said Superintendent Sarah Craighead. "We are making plans now for several anniversaries that we will celebrate that year. Please watch for coming programs and activities here in the park that you won't want to miss." 

What are the anniversaries?   
  • 1816 – 2016, marks 200 years of organized cave tours. 
  • 1916 – 2016, marks 100 years for the National Park Service. The Organic Act, which created the agency, was signed into law by Congress in 1916. 
  • 1926 - 2016, marks 90 years since creation of Mammoth Cave National Park was authorized by Congress in 1926. 
  • 1936 – 2016, marks 80 years since the National Park Service began to manage the Mammoth Cave property. 
  • 1941 – 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Mammoth Cave National Park, the park's official birthday. 
  • 1946 – 2016, marks the 70 years since the dedication of Mammoth Cave National Park (after World War II). 
  • 1981 – 2016, marks the 35th anniversary of Mammoth Cave National Park receiving World Heritage status.
Today the National Park Service launched its 2016 birthday logo at its 401 parks, monuments and recreation areas across the country. Each area managed by the National Park Service tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov. 


Last updated: April 14, 2015

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