This presidential proclamation, signed by President Theodore Roosevelt on April 16, 1908, established Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah's first. Read more about History and Culture.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
WHEREAS, a number of natural bridges situated in southeastern Utah, having heights more lofty and spans far greater than any heretofore known to exist, are of the greatest scientific interest, and it appears that the public interests would be promoted by reserving these extraordinary examples of stream erosion with as much land as may be necessary for the proper protection thereof;
Now, therefore, I, THEODORE ROOSEVELT, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the power in me vested by section two of the Act of Congress approved June 8, 1906, entitled “An Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities,” do hereby set aside as the Natural Bridges National Monument, subject to any valid interest or rights, at and surrounding each of the natural bridges located on the White Canyon and tributaries, in San Juan County, State of Utah, by common report named by Horace J. Long as Augusta Bridge, Caroline Bridge, and the Little Bridge, forty acres in square form with side lines running north and south and east and west equidistant from the respective centers of said bridges.
Warning is hereby expressly given to all unauthorized persons not to appropriate, injure or destroy any of the natural bridges hereby declared to be a National Monument, nor to locate or settle upon any of the lands reserved and made a part of said Monument by this proclamation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
DONE at the City of Washington this 16th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eight, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and thirty second.
By the President:
Acting Secretary of State