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Yellowstone Congressional History - Actual Copy of Signed Senate Bill S.392 - March 01, 1872 - Page One

Yellowstone Congressional History - Actual Copy of Signed Senate Bill S.392 - March 01, 1872 - Page Two

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Forty-second Congress of the United State of America;

At the Second Session,

Begun and held at the City of Washington, on Monday, the Fourth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-one.


AN ACT

To set apart a certain tract of land lying near the head-waters of the Yellowstone River as a public park.


     Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the tract of land in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming lying near the head-waters of the Yellowstone River, and described as follows, to wit, commencing at the junction of Gardiner's River with the Yellowstone River, and running east to the meridian passing ten miles to the eastward of the most eastern point of — Yellowstone Lake; thence south along said meridian to the parallel of latitude, passing ten miles south of the most southern point of Yellowstone Lake; thence west along said parallel to the meridian passing fifteen miles west of the most western point of Madison Lake; thence north along said meridian to the latitude of the junction of the Yellowstone and Gardiner's Rivers; thence east to the place of beginning is hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale under the laws of the United States, and dedicated and set apart as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people; and all persons who shall locate or settle upon or occupy the same, or any part thereof, except as hereinafter provided, shall be considered trespassers, and removed therefrom.

Sec. 2 That said public park shall be under the exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior, whose duty it shall be, as soon as practicable, to make and publish such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary or proper for the care and management of the same. Such regulations shall provide for the preservation, from injury or spoliation, of all timber, mineral deposits, natural curiosities, or wonders within said park, and their retention in their natural condition.

The Secretary may, in his discretion, grant leases for building purposes for terms not exceeding ten years, of small parcels of ground, at such places in said park as shall require the erection of buildings for the accommodation of visitors; all of the proceeds of said leases, and all other revenues that may be derived from any source connected with said park, to be expended under his direction in the management of the same, and the construction of roads and bridle-paths therein. He shall provide against the wanton destruction of the fish and game found within said park, and against their capture or destruction for the purposes of merchandise or profit. He shall also cause all persons trespassing upon the same after the passage of this act to be removed therefrom, and generally shall be authorized to take all such measures as shall be necessary or proper to fully carry out the objects and purposes of this act.

Signed:                                            

J. G. Blaine [ James Gillespie Blaine ]               
Speaker of the House of Representatives               

Schuyler Colfax [ Schuyler Colfax ]              
Vice President of the United States                                
and President of the Senate                                            

I certify that this vote originated in the Senate           

Geo. C. Gorham
[ George Congdon Gorham ]               
Secretary. (Secretary of the Senate)               

          Approved March 1st 1872
          U. S. Grant
[ Ulysses S. Grant (Hiram Ulysses Grant) ]
                  President of the United States



Yellowstone Congressional History Pages
Letter on Capt Reynolds Exploration Public Lands Report on H. R. 764
Maj Reynolds report on 1859-60 Exploration House Vote on S. 392
Printing of Gen Reynolds Exploration S. 392 Truly Enrolled and Signed by the Speaker
Lt Doane's 1870 Expedition Report S. 392 Duly Enrolled, Signed by Vice President
Printing of Lt Doane's 1870 Expedition Report S. 392 Presented to President for Signature
Extra Printing of Lt Doane's 1870 Expedition Report Report of President Signing S. 392
H. R. 764 Presented by Mr. Clagett S. 392 the Signed Bill
House of Representatives Bill 764 Notification of Senate S. 392 Approved & Signed
S. 392 by Mr. Pomeroy Index of Senate Bills 1872
Senate Bill 392 Reconnaissance Report of Yellowstone River 1871
Public Lands Report with Amendments on S. 392 Secretary of Interior Amendment Recommendation
S. 392 Pass and Concurrence of House Requested Superintendent's 1872 Report
S. 392 Passed, ask for Concurrence of House S. 581 Amendment to S. 392
Public Lands Report on S. 392 H. R. 2781 Amendment to S. 392

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