Monuments in Sandstone: Utah's Park Lands in the Twentieth Century
Why is the canyon country of southern Utah--once thought to be a useless wasteland--now home to five of America's greatest national parks and seven outstanding national monuments? In this forthcoming work, environmental historian Frederick Swanson examines the changing attitudes toward the landscape of the Colorado Plateau that led to the creation of its signature national parks, and issues a challenge to those seeking to guard them against misuse.
Above: Arches National Monument, 1950s, courtesy National Park Service, Canyonlands National Park archives. Top: George C. Fraser and G.C. Fraser, Jr., in Cathedral Valley, 1915, Photo by Dave Rust, courtesy Mrs. Eldon Rasmussen.