Overview of the Current Exhibit

Millions of visitors tour America's national parks every year, but few pause to consider how, when, or why the roads they travel on were built. Lying Lightly on the Land traces the history of park road development, shows how changing road conditions have affected visitors' perceptions of the national parks, and explains how park road designers attempt to balance the competing concerns of scenic preservation and public access. It features artwork, historic photographs, vintage tourist memorabilia and car-camping equipment, historic construction films,

Car camping in Yosemite National Park, early 1920s.

design models, plans, interactive computer displays, and interpretive drawings. Based on research conducted by the National Park Service's Historic American Engineering Record, the exhibition includes material from parks and parkways across America.

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