Lauren Schieler and Jonah Hrkal

Friday, March 1, 2019

Grand Canyon National Park celebrates its centennial: A journey through 100 years of history

GRAND CANYON VILLAGE — It was 100 years ago when President Woodrow Wilson declared Grand Canyon a national park in 1919 . That year, the park welcomed around 38,000 visitors. Today, around 6 million visitors from around the world visit the canyon every year.

The Grand Canyon is the second most visited national park after Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to the National Park Service. The park, like all national parks, is tasked with managing visitors while protecting the canyon for generations to come.

There have been many pivotal moments in the history of Grand Canyon National Park. Cronkite News charted out some these moments that include historic landmarks before the park was created.

— Video by Jonah Hrkal and timeline by Erica Figueroa/Cronkite News

This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability , a new multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News , Arizona PBS , KJZZ , KPCC , Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal .

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