Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park protects ecological diversity, recreation, and important stories. When the NPS began a search for an eastern park, local businessmen saw tourism as an economic opportunity. Aided by politicians like Harry F. Byrd Sr., private, state, and federal funds, including assistance from the Civilian Conservation Corps, led to the formal dedication of the park by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in July 1936. But the park’s development was not without tremendous sacrifice. Land was acquired through eminent domain and hundreds of families were relocated, some forcibly.
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