National Geographic : 1934 Jul
WESTERN NATIONAL PARKS INVITE AMERICA OUT OF DOORS Photograph by G. A . Grant, courtesy National Park Service PURPLE SHADOWS FROM A LOW SUN PAINT MAXFIELD PARRISH SCENES IN ZION CANYON The stupendous sandstone tower, once known as El Gobernador, rechristened The Great White Throne by the Mormons who settled Utah, shades from red-brown at the base to soft ivory at the summit. It rises 2,447 feet above the floor of the deep cleft cut by a river in the Kolob Plateau. Halfway up its face cotton woods and mesquite, growing in soil lodged in a deep niche, form a green seat cushion for the chair of a Titan. A few trees bravely wave leafy banners from crannies near the top.