Manhattan Project

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Establishment Legislation:
S. 507/Maria Cantwell
H.R. 1208/Doc Hastings

Under a veil of secrecy, workers in Los Alamos, New Mexico; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Hanford, Washington, built the world’s first production-scale nuclear reactor, assembled the atomic bomb—and created a lasting impact on world history.

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Buffalo Soldiers

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Study Legislation:
S. 225/Dianne Feinstein &
H.R. 520/Jackie Speier

Walk with the original guardians and rangers of our national parks–the Buffalo Soldiers. Before the National Park Service was formed, these African-American troops played a key role in protecting Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, from their headquarters in the Presidio of San Francisco.

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Vicksburg

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Expansion Legislation:
S. 305/Thad Cochran &
H.R. 2271/Bennie Thompson

Vicksburg, Mississippi—the name alone evokes a sense of wonder and valor displayed by Civil War soldiers who fought and died on this iconic battlefield. More than 100,000 troops waged battle from March 29 until July 4, 1863, in a campaign that proved crucial to the Union victory.

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Gettysburg National Military Park

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Expansion Legislation:
S. 782/Bob Casey &
H.R. 1513/Scott Perry

Next stop: The historic Gettysburg or “Lincoln” train station, now part of your Gettysburg National Military Park experience. Opened in 1859, the train station’s most famous moment came on the evening of November 18, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln stepped onto its platform on his way to dedicate the Gettysburg National Cemetery and deliver the Gettysburg Address.

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Valles Caldera

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Designation Legislation:
S. 285/Tom Udall

Explore an unparalleled geological and recreational gem in the high elevations of northern New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains. Experience why scientists from all over the world have come to Valles Caldera National Preserve to study large eruptions and their deposits in one of the world’s best examples of a resurgent caldera—a circular volcano with an uplifted center floor.

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Harriet Tubman

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Establishment Legislation:
S. 247/Ben Cardin &
H.R. 664/Dan Maffei

Follow in the footsteps of a true American hero—Harriet Tubman. A nurse, spy, and conductor on the Underground Railroad, Tubman exemplified courage and determination.

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Tule Springs

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Establishment Legislation:
S. 974/Harry Reid &
H.R. 2015/Steven Horsford

It’s hard to imagine, but prides of Ice Age lions and herds of bison once mingled with gargantuan mammoths, dire wolves, and saber tooth cats, and the evidence lies on land 30 minutes north of the Las Vegas Strip.

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Oregon Caves

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Expansion Legislation:
S. 354/Ron Wyden &
H.R. 2489/Peter DeFazio

An adventure in geology awaits visitors to the Siskiyou Mountains, where Oregon Caves National Monument holds the designation as the West’s longest marble cave open to the public.

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Blackstone River Valley

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Establishment Legislation:
S. 371/John “Jack” Reed &
H.R. 706/David Cicilline

Experience the living landscape of the “Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution” at Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. It all began in 1790, when capital, mechanical and skilled labor, and ingenuity fused together in a history-altering fashion in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

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Lower Mississippi River

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Study Legislation:
S. 311/Mary Landrieu

The Mississippi River is truly an amazing body of water, with its basin touching more than 30 states and its immense sources of commerce, recreation, and cultural wealth. Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico, is a prime example of these traits–and worthy of consideration in our National Park System.

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Mill Springs Battlefield

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Study Legislation:
H.R. 298/Hal Rogers and S. 2780/Mitch McConnell

Walk through a pivotal place in United States history at Mill Springs Battlefield, where, more than 150 years ago, the North achieved its first Civil War victory. President Lincoln knew that winning support from the border states of Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland and Delaware was crucial during the Civil War, and it began with Mill Springs.

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