Contested Terrain
North Cascades National Park Service Complex: An Administrative History
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Map of North Cascades National Park Complex. (click on image for a PDF version)

The bold outline shows the study area for the "Ice Peaks" national park in the late 1930s, extending for the entire range in Washington State. (click on image for a PDF version)

The bold outline shows the North Cascades Study Team's proposal for a North Cascades National Park, 1965. (click on image for a PDF version)

Three of the most influential political figures in the history of the North Cascades. From left to right are Senator Henry M. Jackson, Representative Lloyd Meeds, and Senator Warren G. Magnuson. (Person in rear is unidentified.) Together they would help shape the park complex as it was known today. In this posed shot, taken around 1967, they survey a map of the proposed route of Highway 20, which they vowed to support. (Courtesy of the University of Washington)

North Cascades National Park Established. President Lyndon B. Johnson shares a lighter moment with Secretary of the Interior Stewart L. Udall, far left, and Senator Henry M. Jackson, next to Johnson, and others after signing the North Cascades Act into law on October 2, 1968. (Courtesy of the University of Washington)

First Superintendent. After the signing of the North Cascades Act, Senator Henry M. Jackson poses with Roger J. Contor, the park's first superintendent. Jackson is pointing to Ross Lake National Recreation Area. (Courtesy of the University of Washington)

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Last Updated: 14-Apr-1999