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How Do You Celebrate 100 Years Of RMNP? A Selfie, Of Course

Erin O'Toole

Rocky Mountain National Park officially turns 100 years old Jan. 26. On this date in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation establishing the park. A century ago, the word ‘selfie’ didn’t exist in its current form. But these days lots of people are taking the opportunity to pose in front of park signs commemorating the Centennial.

“The signs are already very, very photographed with people in front of them – and even more so now with this great little ‘100th’ banner on the bottom,” said park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson. “We’ll take that off in 2016 – so it’s a great experience for memories to be made, and to say ‘I was there’ at the Park’s 100th anniversary.”

In its first year, the park drew 31,000 visitors. Crowds have grown steadily since then, with a record 3.4 million people flocking to Rocky in 2014 -- many of them to help celebrate the park’s Centennial Anniversary, which kicked off in September.

People from all over are posting fond memories of their visits on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter

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