Developing the American Economy Featured Parks

Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we safeguard these more than 400 places and share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. Find a few of those stories here and then Find a Park to find more of all Americans' stories.

Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota: Grand Portage National Monument, entirely within Grand Portage Indian Reservation, is next to Gichigami, or Lake Superior. The Park protects two depots of the North West Company, the main depot on Lake Superior and the site of Fort Charlotte on the Pigeon River. The 8.5 mile Grand Portage trail connects the depots and contains most of the acerage of the Monument. Explore the partnership of the Grand Portage Ojibwe and the North West Company during the North American fur trade and the NPS today.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Arizona: The squeaky wooden floor greets your entry into the oldest operating trading post on the Navajo Nation.When your eyes adjust to the dim light in the "bullpen" you find you've just entered a mercantile.Hubbell's has been serving Ganado selling groceries, grain, hardware, horse tack, coffee and Native American Art since 1878.

Salem Maritime National Historic Site: When the United States was young, ships from Salem, Massachusetts helped to build the new nation's economy by carrying cargo back and forth from the West to Asia. The historic buildings, wharves, and reconstructed tall ship at this nine-acre National Park tell the stories of the sailors, Revolutionary War privateers, and merchants who brought the riches of the world to America.

Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park, California: Explore and honor the efforts and sacrifices of American civilians on the World War II home front.Find out how they lived, worked and got along. Many faces, many stories, many truths weave a complex tapestry of myths and realities from this time of opportunity and loss.


Last updated: March 14, 2016