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This day in 1947, in the midst of Post-War reconstruction and upheaval, President Truman dedicated the Everglades National Park, an immense area of land at the southern tip of Florida and turned over to the National Park Service by Governor Caldwell of Florida.
A unique ecosystem, a movement began as early as 1916 to preserve the land and make it available for future generations. In May of 1934 an Act was passed to authorize a park to be established and that the land be acquired by public or private donation.
And finally on December 6th, the land became known as The Everglades National Park:
President Truman: “Here is land, tranquil in its quiet beauty, serving not as the source of water, but as the last receiver of it. To its natural abundance we owe the spectacular plant and animal life that distinguishes this place from all others in our country.”
Here is that dedication, as it took place 67 years ago today.