Chapter Four: The First National Park
When President Roosevelt and John Burroughs arrived at Gardiner, Montana, on April 8, 1903, Yellowstone had already been a national park for over 30 years.
On March 1, 1872, President Ulysses Grant signed the law that made Yellowstone a national park. It was the first national park in the United States and even in the world. But while Congress had established five other national parks between then and 1903, it still wasn’t quite clear exactly just what a “national park” was.