William Howard Taft

Proclamation—Shoshone Cavern National Monument, Wyoming

September 21, 1909

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Whereas, a cavern in the State of Wyoming of unknown extent but of many windings and ramifications and containing vaulted chambers of large size, magnificently decorated with sparkling crystals and beautiful stalactites, and containing impenetrable pits of unknown depth, is of great scientific interest and value to the people of the United States, and it appears that the public interest would be promoted by reserving it as a National Monument, together with as much land as may be needed for its protection.

Now, Therefore, I, William Howard Taft, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the power in me vested by Section two of the Act of Congress approved June 8, 1906, entitled, "An Act for the Preservation of American Antiquities," do hereby set aside as the Shoshone Cavern National Monument, the southwest quarter of the southeast quarter, the west half of the southeast quarter of southeast quarter, the southwest quarter of northeast quarter of southeast quarter, the south half of northwest quarter of southeast quarter and southeast quarter of the southwest quarter of Section five; the northwest quarter of the northeast quarter and the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of Section eight, Township fifty-two North, Range one hundred and two West of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, embracing two hundred and ten acres, as shown upon the diagram hereto attached and made a part of this proclamation.

Warning is hereby expressly given to all unauthorized persons notto appropriate, injure or destroy any feature of this National Monument, or to locate or settle upon any of the lands reserved by this proclamation.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington this twenty-first day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nine, and of the Independence of the United States the one hundred and thirty-fourth.

Signature of William Howard Taft

By the President:
Acting Secretary of State.

William Howard Taft, Proclamation—Shoshone Cavern National Monument, Wyoming Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/364914

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