Last week, President Obama designated five new national monuments. The White House noted that the monuments “help tell the story of significant people and extraordinary events in American history, as well as protect unique natural resources for the benefit of all Americans.” Read on to find out where they are and what they commemorate.
First State National Monument, Delaware
The monument will detail the story of the early Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, and English settlement of Delaware. It will also tell of how Delaware played a role as the first state to ratify the Constitution. Three historic spots will make up the park – the Dover Green, the New Castle Court House complex, and the Woodlawn property in Brandywine Valley.
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Ohio
Col. Charles Young was a distinguished officer in the U.S. Army and the third black man to graduate from West Point Academy – and the first to reach colonel ranking. His home will be preserved to tell his life story and amazing accomplishments.
Río Grande del Norte, New Mexico
Just northwest of Taos, New Mexico, this new national monument is known for its incredible landscapes. The area serves as an important habitat for many species of wildlife.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, Maryland
Located on Maryland’s eastern shore, the park remembers Harriet Tubman as a driving force for the Underground Railroad. Sections include Stewart’s Canal, which was dug by hand by free and enslaved people, and the home of Jacob Jackson, a free black man who coded letters from Tubman enabling her to write to friends and family.
San Juan Islands, Washington
Located in Puget Sound, this chain of 450 land masses (islands, rocks, etc.) is home to many rare species, including bald eagles, orca whales, and harbor seals. Also of note are multiple historic lighthouses and fossils dating back over 12,000 years!
Have been to any of these places? Do you plan on seeing them now because of their national designations?