United States Department of the Interior
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
HCR 82, Box 126
Kimberly, Oregon 97848
IN REPLY REFER TO
Aug 30, 2001
Enclosed is a copy of Rocks and Hard Places: Historic Resources
Study, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. This document was
prepared for the National Park Service under contract with Florence
Lentz, Cultural Resources Consulting, Ellensburg, Washington. The
primary author was Stephen Dow Beckham, a history professor at Lewis and
Clark College in Portland, Oregon. The contract also included the
updating of the Cant Ranch Historic District National Register of
Historic Places nomination form.
This Historic Resources Study traces the human history of the
land that today is managed as John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
Beginning with the indigenous people and their unique culture, the
document details the various themes significant in the historical
development of this area. Themes include early exploration,
missionaries, settlement, transportation, economic development,
paleontological exploration, and recreation and tourism. It also
identifies what cultural resources are left today that speak to these
historical themes and if they are potentially eligible for listing in
the National Register of Historic Places.
I think you will find this study to be a useful reference in gaining
a better understanding of the rich history of the John Day area. This
document and the recent publication of the park's administrative
history, Floating in the Stream of Time: An Administrative History of
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, add to the growing body of
literature about this important unit in our national park system.
Thank you for your interest.
James F. Hammett