National Parks Roads: A Legacy In The American Landscape

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National Parks Roads: A Legacy In The American Landscape
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Oregon Historical Society says
U.S. National Parks Service roads have made national wonders and historic sites available for generations of visitors. National parks roads determine what most people see and how they see it, but parks road development epitomizes the central challenge of national park management: balancing preservation and access in America’s most treasured landscapes. While the roads have been celebrated for providing access to many of America’s breathtaking landscapes, they have also been criticized for bringing pollution into the wilderness.

Dr. Tim Davis — historian with the U.S. National Park Service —highlights the unique qualities of parks roads, details the factors influencing their development, and shows how debates about when, where, how, and why to construct them helped determine the nature and meaning of America’s national parks. Of special interest to local audiences, he explores the Historic Columbia River Highway’s influence on national park road design. The centennial of the National Park Service is August 25, 2016, making this year an ideal opportunity to reflect on the breathtaking natural wonders across our nation.

Presented in partnership with McMenamins History, Holy Names Heritage Center, and Columbia River Gorge Discovery Center.
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By: Oregon Historical Society

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