413!

August 24, 2016 Update: President Obama has designated 89,261 acres of land donated by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. and located within the proposed national park and recreation area as the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument!”

Today President Obama designated Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument -- our nation’s newest national monument and the 413th site in the national park system.
Today President Obama designated Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument — our nation’s newest national monument and the 413th site in the national park system.

Source: U.S. Department of the Interior Instagram

Cedar Breaks National Monument (Utah)

… 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.

Confluence


Top, the Ohio River looking upstream from the southernmost point in Illinois. 

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!