Photo 1: Bryce Canyon National Park.
In its promotion material for the Grand Circle Tour, the Union Pacific Railroad claimed that after a short walk to the rim of Bryce Canyon, "there bursts upon [the visitor's] amazed eyes what is probably the most astonishing blend of exquisite beauty and grotesque grandeur ever produced by the forces of erosion. It is not to be described, however imperfectly, except in the language of fancy."¹
Questions for Photo 1
1. How would you describe the scenery of Bryce Canyon? How does your description compare with the various descriptions presented in the lesson?
2. What do you think was meant by the phrase "grotesque grandeur"?
3. Does this photo help you understand why Bryce Canyon became a popular tourist destination? Why or why not?
¹The Union Pacific System, "Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Cedar Breaks, Kaibab National Forest" (Omaha, Neb.: no publisher given, 1929), 33.
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