130 years ago today, the Shoshone National Forest became the first federally-protected National Forest in the United States. The Congressional act protected 2.5 million Wyoming acres—a swath with mountains and river that President Theodore Roosevelt once visited, inside the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve.
Named after the Shoshone Indians and part of the Yellowstone Ecosystem, near the city of Cody, the National Forest runs atop the Beartooth and Absaroka Mountains—including the tallest mountain in Wyoming, Gannett Peak. The original Oregon Trail wagon route is south of here and allowed travelers to bypass the rugged mountains to the north.
John Colter was the first White man known to have visited the Forest and Yellowstone region—after being on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, but eagerly seeking permission to explore on his own this inspiring landscape. Colter survived a grizzly bear attack to later present Clark with valuable information on the region, which was published 30 years later. (1891)
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- Mount Rushmore National Memorial was dedicated (1933)
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- It took nearly 60 years, but Master Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Keeble was finally honored on this date in 2008 as the first Sioux-American to receive the Medal of Honor, the nations highest, for heroic actions on a Korean battlefield (2008)
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The skill with which the Nez Perce fought and the manner in which they conducted themselves in the face of incredible adversity, including caring for suffering women and children, led to widespread admiration among their military adversaries and the American public. (1840)
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In 2006, Miller won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for Happy Feet. He has been nominated for five other Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay for Lorenzo’s Oil, and Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Babe. In 2016, Mad Max Fury Road earned Miller nominations for Best Picture and Best Director, and took home six Academy Awards for its excellent production quality. See all his films on Amazon. (1945)
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