1. Born in 1890

    Yosemite Closes on Its 123rd Birthday

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA - AUGUST 24:  A bear and cub cross a road near the Rim Fire on August 24, 2013 in Yosemite National Park, California. The Rim Fire continues to burn out of control and threatens 4,500 homes outside of Yosemite National Park. Over 2,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has entered a section of Yosemite National Park and is currently 5 percent contained.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    There will be no birthday celebrations for Yosemite this year. On Tuesday, California’s Yosemite National Park was shut down, along with the nation’s other national parks and monuments, after Congress failed to pass a resolution funding the government. It just so happens that October 1 is the 123rd birthday of Yosemite, which was established by environmental advocate John Muir in 1890. The park attracts up to 4 million visitors annually, but today none will be allowed in to wish Yosemite a happy birthday. 

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