May 28th, 2016 brings us 89-days away from the National Park Service Centennial. In this edition of the #CentennialCountdown we go back 89-years to 1927 and learned about the Ahwahnee Hotel, Mount Rushmore and George Melendez Wright.
On July 14th, 1927 the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite opened to the public. On March 1st of this year it was renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel due to a copyright dispute with former park concessionaire Delaware North.
On October 4th, 1927 work began on Mount Rushmore National Monument and continued for another 14 years! Here is a photo of some workers carving out one of the eyes.
In November of 1927 George Melendez Wright began working as an assistant to the park naturalist at Yosemite National Park. His wildlife surveys in Yosemite and other parks were the first time that they used science in wildlife management. He was too late to save the wolves, but his ideas are now very mainstream.