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The Grand Canyon is Older Than 100 Years

Posted at 12:03 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 15:03:10-04

Just when you thought the Grand Canyon just turned 100 on Valentine’s Day. No surprise turns out the famous Arizona national Park is a little older than we think. 

When it comes to the Grand Canyon’s birthday, February 14, it’s the park’s birthday, not the canyon itself. The Grand Canyon formed millions of years ago, but the park’s birthday, which is also on Valentine’s Day, is the day when the Grand Canyon became a national park. 

Last month when the Grand Canyon was celebrating 100 years, it’s actually the 100th year celebration for the park becoming the 15th national park in the world. 

President Theodore Roosevelt was very fawned over the Grand Canyon’s natural beauty and insisted it becoming a national park. After several years, Roosevelt was able to establish the canyon as a national monument on January 11, 1908. 

The reason we celebrate The Grand Canyon’s “birthday” on February 14, is to celebrate the day Arizona became a state back in 1912.

It has been up in recent controversies with people debating on the Grand Canyon’s actual birthday and age. It’s clear the giant hole in the earth is older than 100 years and every year we are really celebrating and honoring when the Grand Canyon became a national park and when Arizona officially became a state.