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Chinese Americans Shaping a Nation

Upper and lower Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park

Chinese immigrants in the mid-19th century played an important part in mining communities and shaping the eventual national park.

19th-century steam engine on a track

Golden Spike National Historic Site

Tens of thousands of Chinese laborers risked their health and safety to construct railroads connecting the continent.

San Francisco skyline from the Presidio

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The Chinese American community in San Francisco faced constant threat of relocation, especially after the devastating earthquake of 1906.

The Engines that Could

Train tracks leading to a triangular building

Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS

In the mid-19th century, an innovative portage system pulled trains over the Allegheny Mountains opening railroad routes farther west.

Boat skeleton near water at the base of mountains

Klondike Gold Rush NHP

Railroad companies continued to improve technology to make the journey into the dramatic Alaskan landscape more efficient.

Railroad tracks leading to a train car

Curecanti National Recreation Area

Despite the dangers, a railroad route was constructed along the treacherous cliff walls of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River.

National Park Getaways

Historical photo of Jimmy Carter holding peanuts on a farm

This Month's National Park Getaway

Visit the home of a living president to explore his hometown roots and continuing legacy at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

Wasp fossil

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Journey to the prairies of Colorado to spy traces of prehistoric life in one of the most diverse fossil deposits in the world.

Ranger talking next to a painting of Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House NHS

The doors of the Council House have reopened for everyone to explore Bethune's incredible legacy.

People on a boardwalk next to redwoods

Muir Woods National Monument

Walk in the shadows of giants in an old-growth forest of coastal redwoods in northern California.

Last updated: May 1, 2019