63-days until the National Park Service Centennial

June 23rd, 2016 brings us 63-days away from the National Park Service Centennial. In this edition of the #CentennialCountdown we go back 63-years to 1953. When a National Seashore and two National Memorials were established.

The North Carolina coast near Cape Hatteras is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic as nearly 600 ships have sunk nearby, it was due to these reasons that the lighthouses were created in the 1870s to help passing ships. It was established as a national seashore on January 12th, 1953.

Fort Caroline was established as a national memorial on January 16, 1953. It commemorates one of the first French colonies in the present day United States and is just outside of Jacksonville, Florida.

First created as Kill Devil Hill National Monument in 1927 it was renamed and established as a national memorial on December 4th, 1953. The Wright Brothers made their first successful flight on December 17th, 1903.