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Journey Through Time: 100 Years of the National Parks

Clemson University and the National Park Service have partnered to digitize hundreds of photographs from the early days of our nations' natural treasures.

By Discover StaffAugust 26, 2016 5:00 PM


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A partnership between the National Park Service and Clemson University, the Open Parks Network has been digitizing photographs and documents from national and state parks since 2010. The photographs span well over a hundred years and include some of the nation's best-known parks — dating back to before there even was a National Park Service.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the parks system, we picked out some of the best images from the collection. The pictures come from many states and many different time periods, and provide a glimpse into the ways we have enjoyed our bountiful natural resources over the years.

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