The National Parks: America's Best Idea: Season 1, Episode 3

The Empire of Grandeur: 1915-1919 (29 Sep. 2009)

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Shelton Johnson ...
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William Cronon ...
Himself - Historian
Kim Heacox ...
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Terry Tempest Williams ...
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Carl Pope ...
Himself - Sierra Club
Dayton Duncan ...
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George Hartzog ...
Himself - Former Park Service Director
Alfred Runte ...
Himself - Historian
Gerard Baker ...
Himself - Park Superintendent
Judith Goldstein ...
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Brad Washburn ...
Himself - Explorer
Bill Brown ...
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Barbara Washburn ...
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J.L. Crawford ...
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America boasts a dozen national parks as the park idea turns 50 years old. A millionaire businessman named Stephen Mather impulsively accepts the offer to oversee them for one year. Mather and his right-hand-man Horace Albright launch a campaign to publicize the parks as a unified system and to persuade Congress to create a single agency to oversee it: the National Park Service, established in 1916. Mount McKinley, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Acadia and Hawaii's volcanoes are set aside as national parks, but Mather's top priority is in Arizona. After a bitter fight, the Grand Canyon is designated a National Park in 1919. Written by Anonymous

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