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        Rae Lake: Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        First John Muir, then Stephen Mather, called for a national park in the Kings Canyon region of California's Sierra Nevada. It wasn't until 1940 that Interior Secretary Harold Ickes was able to get it done. Ickes wanted a roadless wilderness park, and originally sought to have it named in Muir's honor. Source: Harpers Ferry, National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection.

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