Report of the Superintendent of the Yellowstone National Park to the Secretary of the Interior for the year 1872.

Collection: The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920; American Memory, Library of Congress

by Langford, Nathaniel Pitt.

Annotation: This is the first superintendent's report on the first national park. Written by a man who was also one of the first and most enthusiastic promoters of the Yellowstone Park idea, this work demonstrates the practical problems park administrators faced at the very beginning (e.g., access, construction of roads, squatters' rights); deals with problems that were to become perennial (e.g., preventing forest fires); grapples with seminal issues of park philosophy (e.g., to what degree should hunting and timbering be permitted?); and correctly predicts that Yellowstone will become a major international attraction deserving the continuing stewardship of the government. Langford's praise here for Thomas Moran's painting of Yellowstone suggests the importance of art in shaping America's image of its scenic wonders in this era, and the degree to which art influenced the movement for the conservation of natural beauty.


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