Episode Detail: The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890) - The National Parks: America's Best Idea
The sumptuously filmed history of America's national parks begins in 1851, when California's beautiful Yosemite Valley started to attract people who wished to exploit the land, and others, like John Muir, who believed it should be preserved. In 1864, Congress passed legislation to protect the land from commercial interests, but ceded control to California. In 1872, Congress protected Yellowstone, in the Wyoming Territory's northwest corner, by creating the first national park.
Episodes: The National Parks: America's Best Idea - 6 total Episodes