December 6, 1947: Everglades National Park Dedicated

On this day in 1947, U.S. President Harry Truman dedicated Everglades National Park in south Florida. The park preserves the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

Everglades National ParkOn this day in 1947, U.S. President Harry Truman dedicated Everglades National Park in south Florida. The park preserves the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

Prior to being drained in areas, this unique swampland covered 4,000 square miles along the southeast coast of Florida. Realizing the area was quickly diminishing, Congress passed legislation n 1934 establishing the park. President Truman then dedicated the park 13 years later.

Today, Everglades National Park protects about 20 percent of the original Everglades and receives about a million visitors. The one time I visited, I saw 5 alligators in a span of 30 minutes. If you’re in south Florida, it should be on your “must” list.

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