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Almanac - Wednesday, August 10, 2005

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Today in NPS History On August 10, 1927, the sculptor Gutzon Borglum began work on Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, and President Calvin Coolidge officially dedicated it as a national memorial.  Work continued on Mount Rushmore National Memorial, featuring the heads of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, until 1941. In Memoriam On August 10, 2002, US Park Police officer Hakim Farthing was run down by a drunk driver while working an accident on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. This Day in the Lewis and Clark Expedition August 10, 1805 - From Lewis' journal: "Have ascended to a great hight since …we entered…Mountains…yet the ascent …scarcely perceptible…do not believe…the world can furnish an example of a river running…through such a mountainous country and…so navigable…if the Columbia furnishes…another example…communication across the continent…will be practicable …" This Day in the Morning Report This story from Sequoia/Kings Canyon NPs appeared in the Morning Report on this date in 1993…. Just after 7:30 a.m. on the morning of August 7th, a giant sequoia twelve feet in diameter fell in front of the old lodge registration desk in Giant Forest.  The tree's fall was witnessed by many visitors present in the area; fortunately, none of them were injured.  The sequoia took down several large trees, damaged several others, and caused minor damage to a vehicle, the lodge entrance sign and the pavement at the entrance to the parking lot.  Although the tree fell parallel to the Generals Highway, debris was scattered across the road, closing it to traffic in both directions.  Traffic was detoured around the area via Puzzle Tree Road.  Rangers, maintenance employees and the park tree crew responded.  A hazard evaluation was completed and three severely damaged trees still standing in the area were removed.  The area was cleared and the highway reopened by 11:30 a.m.  The park's tree crew foreman estimated that the sequoia was between 1,100 and 1,200 years old.  Credits Park history - Park Dates ( Memoriam - Jeff Ohlfs, Joshua Tree NP.Lewis and Clark history - Dick Prestholdt, Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.Morning Report history - MR archives (


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