Appalachian Trail Histories

The Wilderness Act of 1964 provided federal protection for large tracts of public land deemed to be at risk. The original land acquisition for the National Wilderness Preservation System included just over 9 million acres of land, largely in the western U.S., and today includes almost 110 million acres. Written by Wilderness Society member Howard Zahniser, the Act requires that those areas added to the System be kept as free of human imprint as possible and that its wilderness character be preserved.

Collection: Legislation

Early Appalachian Trail Advocate, Benton MacKaye poses for a photo along the trail.

Collection: Monson, Maine
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Inside of the slate company mill operation with several workers. Monson slate is considered to be a fine quality because of the black color.

Collection: Monson, Maine