Happy birthday! Mount Rainier National Park turns 118

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SEATTLE — Mount Rainier National Park, one of the nation’s oldest and most-visited parks, celebrated its 118th birthday Thursday.

President William McKinley signed legislation creating the 230,000-acre Mount Rainier National Park on March 2, 1899.

The park, heavily lobbied for by preservationist John Muir, the Sierra Club and local commercial leaders, became the 5th National Park in the country’s existence, following Yosemite.

A staple of Pacific Northwest pride, the park features snowy glaciers, abundant wildlife and unforgettable mountain trails.

Dozens took to social media Thursday to wish happy birthday to the park.

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