National Geographic : 1966 Jul
The Mission Called 66 Highly vocal opposition developed. Oppo nents of the road said it would spoil precious wilderness; defacing the granite with a high way gash would be a crime. I made trip after trip to the west coast to listen to delegations and to explain the thor ough studies behind the recommended route. Even in Washington I had to defend the choice-once against off-the-cuff comments by a Government official of Cabinet rank who called the location "a mistake." Finally the road was built, essentially as proposed by the Park Service back in the 1930's. While it does cross a stretch of glacial polish, no other route was as feasible. And Yosemite still has acres of glacier-smoothed rock for people to see and enjoy. Today no one complains. Visitors who could see this natural heritage in no other way can now travel with ease one of the most scenic roads in all North America-one care fully designed to show an ancient juniper here and a stand of fir there, and everywhere to preserve the dramatic park values of the Sierra Nevada (page 6). Some sections of the old Tioga Road are retained. For the hardy driver, they provide pine-roofed passages to out-of-the-way camp grounds, or winding routes to glades thick with beauty and silence. KODACHROME(BELOW) AND EKTACHROMESBY B. ANTHONY STEWART N.G.S.