National Geographic : 1958 May
The "New Look" in Park Architecture: Yellowstone's Canyon Village Lodge First development built during Mission 66, this new guest center lies within earshot of Yellow stone's thundering falls. Visitors stay in 500 motel-style units clustered beneath tall pines. The lodge, a split-level structure that stretches a city block, houses a dining room, cafeteria, lounge, photo studio, and gift shop. with 2,697,590 acres, is largest; the House Where Lincoln Died in Washington, D. C., the smallest. Only 29 areas bear the official designation "national park," but I often use the word "park" in its generic sense, to cover any of the units. Scenic values primarily distinguish about a third of the 181. The others stand as milestones in the history of man or, in a few cases, indicate how our planet looked when there was no man on earth, but only huge reptiles and strange vegetation. For example, part of Dinosaur National Monument graphically tells a story of the earth before humans came, while Independ ence National Historical Park in Philadelphia helps record events of the Revolution and early days of the Republic. Attributes often overlap. Grand Canyon has scenery, history, and, as we have seen, pre history. Death Valley in California epitomizes this country's desert lands and their unique inhabitants, but it is also very beautiful to look at. There is no use having fine parks if we do 616 not keep them that way, and that is why the Park Service has launched its Mission 66 program, most comprehensive the parks ever had. To understand the need for Mission 66, let's go to Yosemite, where Billy Nelson flouted protocol, and stand by the road in Yosemite Valley, heart of the 760,951-acre park in California (pages 598, 600-1). "More than 7,000 cars, carrying maybe 25,000 people, are in the valley today," the superintendent tells us.