Tag Archives: national parks

Glen Canyon Dam (Lorcel/Shutterstock)

Damming the Parks

In 1950, a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian warned the American people to keep an eye on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Colorado River Project, which proposed a dam that would cover most of Dinosaur National Monument. ... More
Colorful sunset at Snake River Overlook in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. (Dean Fikar/Shutterstock)

A Landscape So Powerful

The notion of preserving, rather than exploiting, great swaths of land for future generations was a novel concept 100 years ago. It took the passage of a law to form the National Park Service. ... More
Cathedral Rocks at Mirror Lake

National Parks at 100

In what is arguably America’s best idea, vast tracts of land that could have been claimed, built up, exploited — maybe even ruined — were instead preserved and protected for the use of future generations. ... More
Mirror Lake, Yosemite

National Park Service — January 1, 1916

In 1916, Post editor George Lorimer wasted no time voicing the magazine’s support for the formation of a National Park Service to unify and manage the nation’s four dozen or so parks and monuments, which at that time were maintained separately. The following editorial appeared in the Post on New Year’s Day of that year. […] ... More
Yellowstone National Park

Parks for Posterity — February 12, 1916

In February of 1916, Post editor George Lorimer showed his support once again for the passage of the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916, which would establish the NPS as a bureau within the Department of the Interior. In the editorial “Parks for Posterity,” the author argues that the “wisdom of this plan is […] ... More
Glacier Park

National Park Service — March 18, 1916

In the Post of March 18, 1916, the Post compared the success of Canada’s national park system to the relative failure of America’s parks, adding a note of patriotism to the arguments in support of the creation of the U.S. National Park Service. The author contended that it wasn’t a question of quality, but of […] ... More
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WPA Poster Project: Promoting Our Parks

From 1938 to 1941, the National Park Service employed WPA-FAP artists to create silk-screen promotional posters for national parks. Only 14 designs were created before the project was suspended with the onset of World War II. Of the 14 parks posters produced, few survived ... More

America’s Hidden Treasures

“America the Beautiful” is certainly an appropriate description. From the thundering power of the Niagara Falls, the panoramic splendor of the Grand Canyon, and the towering proportions of Mount McKinley, residents are surrounded by some of the most majestic places on Earth. But what about all the places in-between? ... More