Did gold mining keep more national parks from being designated?



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    Most of the gold rushes occurred before the formation of national parks. The California gold rush of 1849 is a prime example. The first national park was Yellowstone National Park, which was opened in 1872. I am sure economic interests have played a part in some formations of national parks, however the gold rush was mostly over by the time public lands were established.

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