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Description: Very interesting booklet presenting the "official" history of the National Park system of the United States, at least as of 1957.
It begins with a 2-page map of the U.S. identifying all the National Parks and other areas administered by the National Park Service, followed by a brief Foreword by Conrad L. Wirth, who was then the Director of the National Park Service. The remainder of the book is divided into 15 chapters, as follows:
» A National Park Is Born
» Human History Comes Into Its Own
» The National Park Service Emerges
» The Service Up-to-Date
» Private and State Donations Extend National Park System
» The Wide Range of Tree and Other Plant Life of the National Park System
» Parks a Tempting Target for Would-Be "Developers"
» End of an Era
» Fun in the National Parks
» Park Rangers--The Backbone of National Park Protection
» The Menace of Vandalism
» Visitor Accommodations
» Finances--And Mission 66
» Elimination of Private Inholdings
» List of Area Administered by the National Park Service
Accompanying the text are over 140 black and white photographs of various sizes (see examples in my scans).
Published: 1957 by U.S. Government Printing Office (Softcover: 96 pages; approx. 10¼" x 7¾")
Condition: Very good, I'd say. The covers are a bit soiled around the edges, and there's a tiny scrape near the top center of the front cover, but the interior pages are in excellent shape. There are no creases, tears, or extraneous markings. (Please see scans for examples of selected pages.)
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