May 10, 1872 - The Mining Law of 1872, also known as the General Mining Act of 1872, was passed by the U.S. Congress. Step back in time and visit some historic mining sites on the GMUG National Forest Special Heritage Places. Explore and discover...
The Alpine Tunnel Historic District- Alpine Tunnel Historic District consists of a two hundred foot wide right of way along thirteen miles of original Denver, South Park and Pacific railbed between the town sites of Quartz and Hancock.
Galloping Goose Railroad Corridor - Built in 1890-91-it was over 160 miles long and ran from the town of Ridgway, Colorado on the north to Durango, Colorado on the south. Take a hike or a bike ride through time on a section of the railroad corridor.
The Carson Townsite started as a mining camp in 1882 and reached its peak in the 1890s. View mining relics and cabins used by miners.
May 12, 1905 - Gunnison Forest Reserve, Colorado, established by President Theodore Roosevelt, Proclamation #553
May 18, 1980, 8:32 am - Mount St. Helen's erupts. Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. In a few moments this slab of rock and ice slammed into Spirit Lake, crossed a ridge 1,300 feet high, and roared 14 miles down the Toutle River. More on Mount St. Helen's
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day -- a time set aside to honor fallen soldiers of the Civil War by decorating their graves with flowers. The first Decoration Day was observed on May 30, 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War. On that day, the largest known ceremony was held at Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington D.C..
Over time, people adopted the name Memorial Day, and ceremonies were held across the country to honor all U.S. soldiers who had died at war. On May 11, 1950, Congress issued a joint resolution requesting that the President proclaim a “Prayer for Peace” on each Memorial Day. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a federal holiday to be held on the last Monday of every May.
This Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who have served our country. Here is a selection of Memorial Day photos and speeches from the holdings of the Presidential Libraries of the U.S. National Archives. For more information, visit: http://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/