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How the Antiquities Act expanded national parks & fueled struggles over land protection

As Americans anticipate summer vacation, many are planning trips to our nation’s iconic national parks, such as the Grand Canyon, Zion, Acadia and Olympic. But they may not realize that these and other parks exist because presidents used their power under the Antiquities Act, enacted on June 8, 1906, to protect those places from exploitation and development.... Read more»

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Triangle fire at 100: Back to the future?

The centennial anniversary of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurs Friday. The fire killed 146 workers, mainly young immigrant women and girls, and became a touchstone for the organized labor movement.... Read more»

Roosevelt Dam: 100 years of shoring up Arizona’s growth

On March 18, 1911, an entourage that included former President Theodore Roosevelt and territorial Gov. Richard E. Sloan rode up Apache Trail to dedicate the largest masonry dam in the world. Theodore Roosevelt Dam would tame the capricious Salt River, making the Valley blossom with farms and, later, subdivisions.... Read more»