On February 26, 1929, Grand Teton National Park, in northwestern Wyoming, was created. Unlike nearby Yellowstone, Grand Teton took many years and much effort to become a national park
 
As early as 1897, it was suggested that adding extra parkland to the south of Yellowstone would offer extra protection for migrating elk herds. Grand Teton originally only protected the peaks and glaciers, however. Residents, including ranchers, believed a national park would limit their business or alter their rural lifestyle.
 
Eventually, a desire to preserve the beauty and history of the “Old West” inspired Wyomingites to support an expansion of the park. The addition of 14,164 hectares (35,000 acres) surrounding the mountains finally came about in 1950.
alter
Verb

to change.

elk
Noun

large species of deer native to North America. Also called American elk and wapiti.

Noun

mass of ice that moves slowly over land.

herd
Noun

group of animals.

lifestyle
Noun

way of living, including cultural, economic, and social habits.

migrate
Verb

to move from one place or activity to another.

national park
Noun

geographic area protected by the national government of a country.

Old West
Noun

time period that refers to the western part of North America in the 19th century.

peak
Noun

the very top.

preserve
Noun

an area restricted for the protection and preservation of natural resources

rancher
Noun

person who owns or manages a livestock farm (ranch).

rural
Adjective

having to do with country life, or areas with few residents.

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