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Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite National Park, 1860
Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite National Park, 1860

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Frederick Law Olmsted Was Born
April 26, 1822

Maybe it was watching those people enjoy his creation that inspired Olmsted. He became one of the first commissioners of Yosemite National Park because he was determined to protect its breathtaking beauty. He did the same for Niagara Falls and helped turn it into a public reserve. Working well into his seventies, Olmsted designed more parks and even an entire Chicago suburb, Riverside. And to think that bad eyesight led him to create such beautiful places.
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