In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the act that established Yellowstone, the very first National Park in the United States, with the goal of protecting its nearly 3,500 square miles of wilderness that stretch across the northwestern corner of Wyoming and into Montana.
It would be another 44 years before the National Parks Service—the government agency that oversees the network of 59 parks across the U.S.—was established, in 1916. Its stated goal is "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."
That same year, Portland-based textile company Pendleton Woolen Mills released its very first National Parks-related item, expressly for use by visitors to the lodges of Montana's Glacier National Park: the Glacier Stripe National Park blanket. In its 53rd year of operation at that point, the company already had a rich history of blanket-making, having spent its early years producing them for area Native Americans; their products eventually gained enough currency in the local community that they became a mainstay in local trading, and began to be adopted for use in traditional ceremonies.
That blanket has stayed in production since then, and the company has only gone on to expand its parks-related offerings. This year, in honor of the centennial of both the National Park Service and their collaboration, Pendleton is introducing 50 new pieces highlighting 10 of the 59 National Parks in the U.S.
Two percent of all proceeds will be donated to the National Park Foundation to aid in a pair of restoration projects: the restoration of Many Glacier Staircase (the spiraling stairs of Many Glacier Lodge in Montana); and repairing the Grand Canyon Train Depot in Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park.
The collection covers everything from blankets to bags to dog coats. Here, 10 of our favorite pieces from Pendleton's ever-growing offering.
For more, see pendleton-usa.com.