Dedicated as a park in 1919, Zion National Park, located in Utah, is considered one of the most spectacular naturally formed canyons and one of the most precious scenic possessions of the ... See full summary »
Dedicated as a park in 1919, Zion National Park, located in Utah, is considered one of the most spectacular naturally formed canyons and one of the most precious scenic possessions of the United States government. The colorful and stratified cliff walls of the canyon were once under the sea, and geologic upheaval and other natural forces created what is present today. One of the most renowned natural sites in the park is the seven hundred foot long Arch of Zion. To provide human access to the park, man made structures are just as spectacular in their engineering accomplishments. These include the Mount Carmel Highway and Tunnel, and Zion Lodge, where young female college students of Mormon faith welcome guests to the park. Contrasting with the huge canyon walls are some of the small alpine plants indigenous to the area, such as the Zion lily. Written by
Nice, early entry in James A. FitzPatrick's TravelTalks series takes us to Utah where we learn about the Zion Canyons. We start off learning that it became a National Park in 1919 and its shape was due to it behind beneath the sea at one point when scientists believe the Earth shifted and the rest was wind and water. From here we see the famous Mt. Carmel Highway Tunnel, which was built between 1927 and 1930. We also learn that Brigham Young didn't agree with it being called Zion so for a time he had Mormons calling it Non-Zion. Overall this is a pleasant entry in the series and the early use of Technicolor was certainly the highlight. Just take a look at the opening sequence as the camera pans the canyon but take a look at that rich blue sky and you'll certainly love the fact that this was shot in color. The stories told by FitzPatrick are good as usual but this early episode features three different songs, which thankfully didn't become the norm for the series.
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