By Lary M. Dilsaver, Jonathan B. Jarvis
Now in a completely up-to-date variation, this necessary reference paintings is a primary source for students, scholars, conservationists, and voters drawn to America's nationwide park process. The wide number of records illustrates the system's production, improvement, and administration.
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The average elevation of the ground is higher than that of the highest peak of the White Mountains, or the Alleghenies, and the air is rare and bracing; yet its temperature is never uncomfortably cool in summer, nor severe in winter. "Flowering shrubs of sweet fragrance and balmy herbs abound in the meadows, and there is everywhere a delicate odor of the prevailing foliage in the pines and cedars. The water of the streams is soft and limpid, as clear as crystal, abounds with trout and, except near its sources, is, during the heat of the summer, of an agreeable temperature for bathing.
In Yellowstone and Yosemite, and indeed the whole western wilderness, Americans had what they needed. America was new, rugged, spectacular, and could be proud of its splendor and its clean slate upon which to develop the human experience. Yet another motive for national parks came from the American experience at Niagara Falls. The famous falls were America's paramount scenic wonder during the first half of the nineteenth century. However, local landowners had, in their frenzy to maximize profits, gone so far as to erect fences and charge viewers to look through holes at the spectacle.
During the latter portion of the century antiquities of the Southwestern Indians became a source of interest and gain for many Americans. Vandals and pot-hunters looted Anasazi and other sites, often destroying structures, not to mention the archaeological record, in their greedy haste. The earliest steps to protect an archaeological site came at Casa Grande Ruin in Arizona. Reacting to vandalism of this ancient adobe structure, Congress attached a rider to a civil appropriations bill in 1889 calling for the repair and protection of the first of what would become the national monuments.
America's National Park System by Lary M. Dilsaver, Jonathan B. Jarvis