Polishing the Jewel: An Administrative History of Grand Canyon National Park
By Michael F. Anderson
Copyright © 2000 by the Grand Canyon Association -- Monograph No. 11
Based on extensive research of the administration of the park under both the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, this book takes a look at the challenges government officials have faced in preserving and protecting one of the crown jewels of the National Park System.
Contents and List of Illustrations (45.4KB PDF File)
1) 1882 - 1919 Becoming a National Park
Preface (42KB PDF File)
This book is an administrative history of Grand Canyon National Park with a target audience of park employees and others concerned with how the park has been managed over the years. It therefore falls short of a comprehensive history of the canyon and its environs.
Acknowledgements (171kb PDF File)
Chapter One: (549kb PDF File)
Chapter Two: (840kb PDF File)
Chapter Three: (900kb PDF File)
Chapter Four: (932kb PDF File)
Chapter Five: (416kb PDF File)
Infrastructural Last Hurrah, 1956-1975
At Grand Canyon, construction of visitor services actually accelerated after 1966 and did not subside until 1983, belatedly catching up with Mission 66 objectives but once again far in arrears of consumer demand. Meanwhile, administrators’ focus on development angered others more concerned with external threats to the park’s integrity...
Chapter Six: (620kb PDF File)
Chapter Seven: (1.02MB PDF File)
Upshots and Prognosis
The paved walkway from Kolb Studio to Verkamps is often congested, but those who take the time can stroll among junipers and ponderosa along canyon-view paths to the west as far as Hopi Point and east to Yavapai Point, capturing some semblance of solitude and quiet that has not yet been lost.
Appendix 1 and Appendix 2 (30kb PDF File)
Endnotes (301kb PDF File)
Index (84kb PDF File)
Grand Canyon Association is a non-profit organization. All proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to support the educational goals of Grand Canyon National Park.
Copyright © 2000 by Grand Canyon Association. All rights reserved.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Edited by L. Greer Price and Faith Marcovecchio
Last updated: June 9, 2019