Then and Now: Wyoming's Majesty Endures
To most, 100 years is more than a lifetime. It’s 100 birthdays. It’s 36,500 sunrises and sunsets. A grand total of 876,000 hours. In short, it’s something worth commemorating. This year, the National Park Service is celebrating its own triple-digit birthday. And for Wyoming – home of Yellowstone (the very first National Park), the Grand Tetons, 25 National Historic Landmarks and 11 nationally recognized recreation areas, trails and monuments – this centennial brings a special opportunity for reflection.
The best way to look back? Dust off the old photographs. In most cases, placing photographs of past and present side-by-side is a sure way to recognize change. But when you compare century-old photos of Wyoming’s sprawling landscape with snapshots from today, something puzzlingly beautiful becomes clear: not much has changed.
The same majesty that called to visitors from far and wide decades ago is still alive and well today. The cars on the winding gravel roads may look different, but the scenery out the window is just as breathtaking. A lot has happened between then and now: countless first camping trips, plenty of climbs to spine-tingling vistas, tons of once-in-a-lifetime fish tales. But it’s both comforting and refreshing to know that in a world where new “must-haves” are manufactured every day and technology changes by the microsecond, Wyoming is still a place where true majesty endures.
We’ve shared some of our then-and-now photos. It’s time to show us some of yours. Did you visit the Tetons as a little tike and recreate a photo with your own kids in tow? Maybe you have a yearly Wyoming tradition you’ve documented with photos. We’d love the see them all. Just share them on our Facebook page or on Twitter and Instagram with the hastag #WYMajestyEndures so you can join in the fun and we can join in your adventures.
Follow along with all of this year’s centennial events and initiatives throughout the nation by checking out the hashtag #FindYourPark.
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