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National Park Word Cube 2 Revealed: H-Words That Get The Job Done

National Park Word Cube Puzzle 2 required you to derive at least eight national park “stem words” using just the letters in a 3 x 3 grid resembling a tic-tac-toe game.

You were given the letters E, M, A, R, H, L, O, S, and T to work with, and you were told that the letter H must be used in every stem word created.

The 11 qualifying national park stem words are listed below together with the national park names that contain them.


Federal Hall National Memorial


Cape Hatteras National Seashore


Big Hole National Battlefield


Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park


Hot Springs National Park


Horseshoe Bend National Military Park


Mammoth Cave National Park


Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park


Whiskeytown Unit, Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area*

* aka "Whiskeytown National Recreation Area"


Ford’s Theatre National Historical Site


Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Thomas Stone National Historic Site

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You were the fourth reader to solve the word cube, viewmtn. Re-check the kudos list and you will see that you are now listed where you belong. Sorry 'bout the oversight.

So I did not get listed as solving the puzzle? Oh well.

Thank you, y_p_w. This is the first time I've seen this legislation. Not surprisingly, it only authorizes the establishment of a Whiskeytown unit of the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area.

Here's the enabling legislation, although I'm having a tough time seeing it in an official NPS capacity like they have for other park websites:

There's no specific mention of NPS or the Forest Service. Most of the language refers to the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture, along with some mention of the "national parks system" and the "national forests" (emphasis on lowercase). The Bureau of Reclamation is also not specifically mentioned. The Central Valley Project is mentioned, as well as the authority of the authority of the Secretary of the Interior to maintain and operate reservoirs.

Also - what's now referred to as the Trinity unit is only called the Clair Engle-Lewiston unit in the legislation, even though the whole thing is also referred to as the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area.

The only ones I missed were "Shasta" and "Horseshoe." I never would've gotten Shasta because, like everyone else, I think only of the Park Service unit of the WST NRA, but Horseshoe is sad because I thought of "horse" but never mentally attached the shoe!

The federal landholding officially entitled Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is co-administered by the National Park Service and the US Forest Service. The Whiskeytown Unit is administered by the Park Service and the Shasta and Trinity Units are administered by the Forest Service. As far as I know, there is no federal holding that has been officially designated "Whiskeytown National Recreation Area." Nevertheless, the National Park Service commonly uses that name to identify the portion of the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area that the agency administers.

In the National Park Service's Units in the National Park System, that holding is listed under the heading National Recreation Areas, bears an asterisk, and is given the awkward name Whiskeytown Unit, Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. The Park Service's "Red Book" (The National Park Index) lists each National Park System unit -- i.e., each national park -- by its official designation. Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area is the official designation listed in the Red Book and the accompanying thumbnail description begins with the words Whiskeytown Unit. In National Park Anniversaries, which lists the "birthdays" of the National Park System units, this park is listed as Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity NRA (Whiskeytown Unit). The park map labels the tract Whiskeytown Unit.

If anybody out there knows of enabling legislation for a National Recreation Area called Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, please let me know. Seriously.

I second y_p_w's comment. There is no "Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area" in the official NPS list of park units, your definition for this quiz "National park. A national park is a National Park System unit. There are currently 397 national parks.".

Interestingly enough, the list in InsideNPS now claims to have only 390 units (but if you sum the number of units column you get 398!), but even the old 397 units list didn't have your W-S-T NRA in it. I'll email the lists to Kurt in case you doubt me (I can't currently post stuff on public-facing websites). I didn't find an official list of park units on a public-facing website.

fun fact I bet y_p_w also knows: the upstream watershed for Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (for understanding potential landscape effects on water quality) can't just be computed with the watershed tool in ArcGIS and a DEM.

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