National Parks: America's Best Idea "The Empire of Grandeur"

Rainbow from South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park.  Photo by Craig Mellish
Rainbow from South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park. Photo by Craig Mellish

The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919)

The conservation movement pushes the government to establish one agency to oversee all the parks, leading to the National Park Service in 1916. Its first director seeks to protect the Grand Canyon from commercial interests and establish it as a national park.

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