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Arts & Entertainment - April 25, 2014

Pioneering portraits

Landscape photographer Carleton Watkins showed the American West to the world

by Nick Veronin

One hundred and 50 years ago this year, as the Civil War raged, and the 38th congress worked to pass the 13th Amendment, the house managed to pass an act that must have seemed far less pressing at the time, but which ultimately laid the groundwork for one of America's most cherished institutions. The Yosemite Grant Act of 1864, legally preserved Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove for the enjoyment of American citizens and protected it from future development. The act, the first of its kind, paved the way for the National Park System.

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