Monuments Established March 4, 1929, to March 3, 1933

National Monuments Established by Herbert Hoover via the Antiquities Act:

March 4, 1929, to March 3, 1933

 

Arches, UT, Proclamation No. 1875, 46 Stat. 2988 (Apr. 12, 1929)

Area reserved: “two areas, known locally as the ‘Devil’s Garden’ and the ‘Windows,’ containing approximately 2,600 acres and 1,920 acres, respectively.”

 

Holy Cross, CO, Proclamation No. 1877, 46 Stat. 2993 (May 11, 1929)

Area reserved: “approximately 1,392 acres.”

 

Sunset Crater, AZ, Proclamation No. 1911, 46 Stat. 3023 (May 26, 1930)

Area reserved: “the following described lands, in the State of Arizona” which are listed using the township and range system.

(NPS Antiquities Act Centennial lists the Sunset Crater “Acres Affected” as “3,040.”)

 

Great Sand Dunes, CO, Proclamation No. 1994, 47 Stat. 2506 (Mar. 17, 1932)

Area reserved: “the following-described lands in Colorado” which are listed using the township and range system.

(NPS Antiquities Act Centennial lists the Great Sand Dunes “Acres Affected” as “35,528.36.”)

 

Grand Canyon, AZ, Proclamation No. 2022, 47 Stat. 2547 (Dec. 22, 1932)

Area reserved “approximately 273,145 acres.”

(NPS Antiquities Act Centennial lists this as “Grand Canyon ‘II’.”)

 

White Sands, NM, Proclamation No. 2025, 47 Stat. 2551 (Jan. 18, 1933)

Area reserved: “the following-described lands in New Mexico” which are listed using the township and range system.

(NPS Antiquities Act Centennial lists the White Sands “Acres Affected” as “131,486.84.”)

 

Death Valley, CA, Proclamation No. 2028, 47 Stat. 2554 (Feb. 11, 1933)

Area reserved: “Approx. 1,601,800 Acres” (from diagram).

(NPS Antiquities Act Centennial lists the Death Valley “Acres Affected” as “848,581.36.”)

Hoover was the first president to establish a national monument reserving more than a million acres in the continental U.S.

 

Saguaro, AZ, Proclamation No. 2032, 47 Stat. 2557 (Mar. 1, 1933)

Area reserved: “GILA AND SALT RIVER MERIDIAN

T. 14 S., R. 16 E., secs. 8 to 17 inclusive, secs. 20 to 29 inclusive, and secs. 32 to 36 inclusive. T. 14 S., R. 17 E., secs. 7 to 36 inclusive. T. 14 S.., R. 18 E., secs. 7, 8, 9, secs. 16 to 21 inclusive, and secs. 28 to 33 inclusive. T. 15 S., R. 16 E., secs. 1 to 5 inclusive. T. 15 S., R. 17 E., secs. 1 to 6 inclusive and secs. 11, 12, 13, 14, 23, and 24. T. 15 S., R. 18 E., secs. 4 to 9 inclusive and secs. 16 to 21 inclusive.”

Standard language in these presidential proclamations typically notes that reserved lands are “subject to all valid existing rights.” In this proclamation, the reserved lands are “subject to all valid existing rights, and the right of the State of Arizona to select for the use of the University of Arizona all or any portions of secs. [sections] 11, 14, 22, 28, and E.½ 21, T. 14 S., R. 16 E. of the Gila and Salt River meridian.”

(NPS Antiquities Act Centennial lists the Saguaro “Acres Affected” as “53,510.08.”)

 

Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO, Proclamation No. 2033, 47 Stat. 2558 (Mar. 2, 1933)

Area reserved: Numerous sections (complete and partial).

(NPS Antiquities Act Centennial lists the Black Canyon of the Gunnison “Acres Affected” as “10,287.95.”)

 

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