… was proclaimed as such 83 years ago today (1933). This from the National Park Service:
A huge natural amphitheater has been eroded out of the variegated Pink Cliffs (Claron Formation) near Cedar City, Utah. Millions of years of sedimentation, uplift and erosion have created a deep canyon of rock walls, fins, spires and columns, that spans some three miles, and is over 2,000 feet deep. The rim of the canyon is over 10,000 feet above sea level, and is forested with islands of Englemann spruce, subalpine fir and aspen; separated by broad meadows of brilliant summertime wild flowers.
NewMexiKen photos 2005. Click any image for larger versions.
Middle, the Mississippi River looking downstream from the confluence.
Bottom, the Mississippi River looking upstream.
The Ohio contributes about 60% of the flow.
The Ohio bridge opened in 1937. The Mississippi bridge (below) in 1929. Cars were narrower then!
Kentucky became the 15th state on this date in 1792.
Tennessee became the 16th state on this date in 1796.
Rhode Island was the 13th state (May 29, 1790).
Can you name the 14th state?