By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (January 11, 2023) – In this edition of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate 115 years of a National Monument displaying the grandeur of nature.


Today marks the 115th anniversary of the Grand Canyon being declared a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt.

In a spirit of environmental conservation and an affinity for the western United States, Roosevelt moved ahead of the necessary congressional act required to name a national park and gave the area the special status of National Monument. 

The area, larger than the entire state of Rhode Island, finally became a national park in 1919.

Roosevelt’s words seem to sum up the awe-inspiring site: “Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.”

Here is a view of part of the Grand Canyon by Holmes from 1882.

Grand Canyon – circa 1882 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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