National Park Quiz 93: Potpourri VI

Boathouse at Michigan's Isle Royale National Park. How many other National Park System units are in the state of Michigan? Natonal Park Service photo.

1. At Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, the Tri-State Trail leads to the Tri-State Peak where you can stand in three states. Name the three states.

2. Which national park has a name with a word that means "wolf valley"?

3. Why was 1932 deemed to be an especially significant year in which to open George Washington Birthplace National Monument for public use?

4. The largest natural open space in America's most populous city is in a national park. Identify the national park and the natural open space.

5. Only two of the 394 National Park System units have names that include the letter "Q". One is Sequoia National Park. Name the other one.

6. Yellowstone Lake, the largest alpine lake in the coterminous states, is located in Yellowstone National Park and is accessible by road. Which national park has the Lower 48's largest backcountry lake (not reachable by road)?

7. January 8 was once celebrated as a national holiday. The celebration related to an event that occurred in a place now protected by a National Park System unit. What was the event? Give yourself an extra point if you can identify the National Park System unit in which the event took place.

8. Isle Royale National Park is in Michigan, and so are ____ other National Park System units.
a. three
b. four
c. five
d. six

9. Which of the following parks has already celebrated its 100th birthday?
a. Craters of the Moon National Monument
b. Mount Rushmore National Memorial
c. Acadia National Park
d. Glacier National Park

10. Congressional ratification is required for Presidential uses of the Antiquities Act involving withdrawals of greater than 5,000 acres in the state of
a. Colorado
b. Alaska
c. Arizona
d. Washington

Extra Credit Question:

11. In 1934, most of the elk living in ______ were killed and eaten.
a. Olympic National Park
b. Rocky Mountain National Park
c. Platt National Park
d. Glacier National Park

Super Bonus Question:

12. People who want to visit ______ don't have to pay a park entrance fee, but must pay a fee to enter and utilize the U.S Forest Service-administered area in which the park is located.
a. George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
b. Washita Battlefield National Historic Site
c. Devils Postpile National Monument
d. City of Rocks National Reserve

Answers:

(1) At the Tri-State Peak in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park , visitors can stand in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.

(2) The "Guadalupe" in Guadalupe Mountains National Park means "wolf valley" in Spanish.

(3) George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, so the year 1932 was the 200th anniversary year of Washington’s birth.

(4) The 9,155-acre Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, a component of Gateway National Recreation Area, is the largest natural open space in New York City.

(5) Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument in Texas is the only national park besides Sequoia whose name has a word beginnng with "Q".

(6) Yellowstone National Park has the largest backcountry lake in the coterminous states. The park's Shoshone Lake, which is not reachable by road, has 28 miles of shoreline and a surface area of about 12.6 square miles.

(7) Prior to the Civil War, the date of the Battle of New Orleans victory -- January 8 -- was celebrated as a national holiday second in importance only to July 4. The site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans is now preserved in the Chalmette Battlefield unit of Louisiana's Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

(8) b -- Michigan's complement of national parks includes Isle Royale National Park and these four others: Keweenaw National Historical Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and River Raisin National Battlefield Park.

(9) d -- Having been established on May 11, 1910, Glacier National Park has already entered its second century of existence as a national park. Craters of the Moon National Monument (1924), Mount Rushmore National Memorial (1925), and Acadia National Park (1929, and are not there yet.

(10) b -- The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act of 1980 (ANILCA) requires Congressional ratification of the use of the Antiquities Act in Alaska for withdrawals of greater than 5,000 acres. This restriction was put in place after President Jimmy Carter used the Antiquities Act to proclaim 56 million acres of National Monuments in Alaska.

(11) c -- During 1920-1934, the former Platt National Park (now a component of Oklahoma's Chickasaw National Recreation Area) had a small elk herd. In 1934, during the Great Depression, most of these elk were slaughtered to provide food for needy families.

(12) c -- California's Devils Postpile National Monument is situated in the Reds Meadow Valley area of Inyo National Forest. The US Forest Service charges a standard amenity fee for access and use of the Reds Meadow Valley area. The money is used to maintain and improve visitor facilities and services in the valley.

Grading: 9 or 10 correct, rest on your laurels; 7 or 8 correct, pretty darn good; 6 correct, passable fair; 5 or fewer correct, nothing to brag about.