From the start, it was a special place
The history of Everglades National Park is nearly as rich as the landmark wetlands themselves. Take a trip back in time in the series of historic photographs in this slide show, which helps illustrate the development of Florida’s Everglades, a complex ecosystem that once covered 11,000 square miles. In 1947 President Harry S Truman dedicated the park, which had been championed by conservationist and environmental activist Marjorie Stoneman Douglas. The park, which has become a major magnet for visitors, was established to conserve the natural landscape and block degradation of the area as well as plants and animals. This slide show, based on Everglades National Park Service file photos, also includes images of the building of the Shark Valley tram tower, Native Americans and historic shots of roads through the pinelands including Tamiami Trail before it was developed.