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National Park Quiz 100: Ringer VI

This now-uninhabited island in Cape Lookout National Seashore once sported a town.  Was this town  named after the pattern painted on a lighthouse?  Bob Janiskee photo.

Have a look at statements 1-10 below. Only nine are true. Can you tell which one is not?

1. True or false?  An island in Cape Lookout National Seashore was once the site of a town named after the pattern painted on a lighthouse.

2. True or false? Angels Landing in Zion National Park was once known as the Temple of Aeolus.

3.  True or false? The only non-commercial ship anchorage on the San Francisco waterfront is in a national park.

4. True or false? The apricot trees in front of the Lehman Caves Visitor Center in Great Basin National Park are over 100 years old.

5. True or false?  Historic properties on Indian reservations are eligible for listing on the National Park Service-administered National Register of Historic Places.

6. True or false? One of the oldest continuously recording tidal gauges in the Western Hemisphere is located in Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

7. True or false?  Clocks in Grand Canyon National Park remain on Mountain Standard Time year-round.

8. True or false? Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve has more than a million acres of inholdings.

9. True or false?  George Armstrong Custer's grave is on Last Stand Hill in Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.

10.  True or false?  Visitors who cook with charcoal grills on the islands in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area must take all charcoal with them when they leave.


(1)  True.  Diamond City, a community that once stood on the eastern end of Shackleford Banks, was named after the diamond-shaped day mark painted on the nearby Cape Lookout Lighthouse.

(2)  True.  The Zion National Park monolith that we know as Angels Landing
was originally named the Temple of Aeolus.  Several other  rock
formations in Zion still bear names that include the word "temple." 

(3)  True.  The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park has an anchorage for a fleet of historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier on the San Francisco waterfront.

(4)  True.  The apricot trees are thought to have been planted by Absalom Lehman, discoverer of Lehman Caves. These historic fruit trees continue to produce today.

(5)  True.  The National Register of Historic Places Program administers the National Park Service's Tribal Preservation Program, which helps Indian tribes preserve their historic properties and related cultural traditions. Though federal assistance is provided, tribal officers are responsible for inventorying tribal historic properties and nominating them for the National Register of Historic Places.

(6)  True.  A tidal gauge located on a pier at Crissy Field in the Presidio has provided a continuous record of tides since June 30, 1854.  This gauge has documented a sea level rise of about 8 inches over the past century.

(7)  True.  Grand Canyon National Park is in Arizona, and Arizona does not observe Daylight Saving Time.

(8)  True.  There are more than 1,500 square miles of inholdings within the borders of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (counted as two separate units of the National Park System).

(9)  False.  George Armstrong Custer's remains were removed from the Little Bighorn Battlefield and reburied at the United States Military Academy (West Point).

(10)  True. The National Park Service enforces a carry on/carry off policy on the islands in Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.  Departing visitors are prohibited from leaving charcoal briquettes behind, and it doesn't matter whether they are new or used.


Your question # 3 is also false as it was written.  There are only 58 National Parks and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is not one of them.  If the question had asked " the San Francisco waterfront is a national park service area or used the term National Historical Park"  then the answer would be true.

The professor's away today, Anonymous, so I'll have to stand in for him. In theory, you're correct...but it might have been more incorrect if the question had been written, " a unit of the National Park System designated as a 'national park.'"

And since the site in question is a "national historical park," one could likely argue in a court of law that it is indeed a national park.

I realize that doesn't rise to the level of weasel-speak the professor is so adept at falling back on, but it's the best I've got;-)

We've been over this ground before. Each of the 397 units of the National Park System is prperly termed a national park. There are consequently 397 national parks. Of these 397 national parks, only 58 are National Park-designated. The rest are designated something else. For example, 10 national parks are National Seashore-designated and 11 national parks are National Battlefield-designated.

That was just too easy. You should have put that question near the bottom.
Anybody who has been to the Little Big Horn, knows that Custer is not buried there. Even though the Obelisk still has his name on it, showing were he died.

Tell you what, Mellosy; If you will forgive me for making the ringer quiz too easy, I'll forgive you for misspelling Bighorn. :o) 

I second Mellosy. It's not much fun, if you already know the answer to the whole quiz while reading #2. Otherwise: Thanks a lot to the quizmeister. I really liked the mix of topics and parks.

Well I liked the quiz.  First time I've gotten 100%.

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