Tourists and a Modern Park 1950-present

1954 Park visitation exceeds 1 million for the first time.
1955 The Jackson Lake Lodge opens.
1956 New visitor center opens in Colter Bay.
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1958 A new visitor center and park headquarters is developed in Moose.
1960 First use of a helicopter in a mountain rescue in the park.
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1960 The popularity of climbing continues to increase with 2,300 climbers each year.
1963 Park visitation continues to increase; park visitation surpasses 2 million for the first time.
1964 The Wilderness Act becomes law.
1966 Teton Village and the Jackson Hole ski resort are developed south of the park.
1968 Map of Grand Teton National Park.
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1972 John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway established.
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1973 The Colter Bay Indian Arts Museum opens.
1973 The US Fish and Wildlife Service lists the grizzly bear under the Endangered Species Act.
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1973 The Waterfalls Canyon fire is allowed to burn in the park setting off a storm of controversy.
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1988 Large Fires burn in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.
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1990 South Jenny Lake is redeveloped; roads were removed or realigned and buildings moved.
1994 The Crandall Studio opens as a new visitor center at Jenny Lake.
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1995 Wolves return to Grand Teton National Park after being absent for over 50 years.
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2005 The Jackson Lake Lodge is designated a National Historic Landmark.
2006 Murie Ranch is designated a National Historic Landmark.
2007 A new visitor center, the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center, opens in the park.
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2009 The Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve Center opens on the old JY Ranch property.
2009 The Snake River Headwaters is added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
2016 National Park Service celebrates its centennial.
National Park Era
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