By Mark W. T. Harvey

Dinosaur nationwide Monument straddles the Utah-Colorado border close to Wyoming. It attracted little awareness and few viewers till plans to block the golf green River and flood picturesque Echo Park Valley sparked public competition within the early Fifties. Echo Park Dam might have threatened a part of this nationwide monument, a prospect that alarmed the nationwide Park carrier. In July 1950 the author Bernard DeVoto released his essay,"Shall We allow them to destroy Our nationwide Parks?" within the "Saturday night publish" and spurred national competition. quickly the Sierra membership, the wasteland Society, and different businesses embraced preservind Echo Park. by means of the spring of 1956 the coalition of wasteland fans and conservation businesses had confronted down the dam's proponents and strength Congress to cancel its building. As Professor Harvey makes transparent, the conflict to avoid wasting Echo Park marked the 1st significant conflict among preservationists and builders after global warfare II, a clash that replays itself within the West with larger depth every one decade.

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1st ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Contents: The peculiar past of a national monumentThe seeds of contro- versyPrimeval parks and the wilderness movementA mere millpond- Serching for an alternate siteWilderness for a new generationThe great evaporation controversyThe politics of preservationA symbol of wilder- nessTriumph for the park systemEpilogue.  and Utah)History.  Nature conservationUnited StatesHistory-20th century.  Title. 8' 12dczo 93-46955 CIP © 1994 by University of New Mexico Press All rights reserved.

The Politics of Preservation 207 9. A Symbol of Wilderness 235 10. Triumph for the Park System 263 11. Epilogue 287 Notes 303 Bibliography 345 Index 357 Page ix Illustrations Illustrations following 106 Yampa River Canyon from Round Top. Echo Park and Yampa River Canyon. The Green River and the Gates of Lodore. The sprawling and broken walls of Split Mountain. Warm Springs Bend in Yampa Canyon. Visitors in Sand Canyon circa 1950s. The confluence of the Yampa and the Green Rivers at Echo Park. A view of the south side of Steamboat Rock.

40, a far superior road that provided a direct connection from Denver to Salt Lake City. S. 40, the staffs of two local newspapers, the Vernal Express and Roosevelt Standard, collaborated on a "scenic edition" insert section. Lauding the possibilities of tourism in the region, the papers pointed to scenic wonders and historic attractions in this remote part of the West, including Park City, an important mining town in Utah; the Uinta Mountains; and Rocky Mountain National Park. " 34 Yet the eagerness of residents could not overcome the fact that the new monument had been born with severe handicaps, all of them related to its lack of a clear public identity.

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