20 Then & Now National Park Photos

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With the celebration of the National Park Service’s 101st birthday today, here’s a unique look at the history of the National Parks through my grandfather’s camera lens.

Armed with my grandfather’s travel photographs, and my grandmother’s journals, I’ve spent the last four years roaming the United States in search of the exact locations where my grandparents once stood.

Yosemite National Park Tunnel ViewTunnel View in Yosemite National Park | April 1979 & May 2015

Olympic National ParkRuby Beach in Olympic National Park, Washington | June 1981 & June 2016


Theodore Roosevelt National ParkTheodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, North Dakota | 1973 & 2016

Old Faithful at Yellowstone National ParkOld Faithful in Yellowstone National Park | 1973 & 2016

Yosemite National ParkLower Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park | April 1979 & May 2015

Badlands National ParkBadlands National Park | 1973 & May 2013

Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton National Park | 1973 & 2016

Mount Rainier National ParkMount Rainier National Park Visitor Center | June 1981 & June 2016


Yellowstone National ParkMadison Information Station in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming | September 1974 & June 2016

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North DakotaTheodore Roosevelt National Park | 1973 & 2016

Yosemite National Park EntranceYosemite National Park Entrance | April 1979 & May 2015

Grand Teton National Park BridgeHidden Falls Footbridge in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming | 1973 & 2015

Zion National Park EntranceZion National Park Entrance | September 1974 & May 2016

Yosemite National Park ShuttleYosemite National Park, California | April 1979 & May 2015


Natural BridgeNatural Bridge at Bryce Canyon National Park | 1974 & 2016

Yosemite FallsYosemite National Park | April 1979 & May 2015

Box Canyon at Mount Rainier National ParkBox Canyon in Mount Rainier National Park, Washington | June 1981 & June 2016

Grand Teton National Park (2)Jenny Lake Trail Bridge in Grand Teton National Park | 1973 & 2016


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