The National Parks: America's Best Idea

Season 1 Episode 4

Going Home (1920-1933)

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Aired Daily 8:00 PM Sep 30, 2009 on PBS
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Park Service Director Stephen Mather sees the possibilities of motor traffic for increasing the use of the park system and installs many more roadways within their boundaries. The Grand Tetons of Wyoming and the Great Smoky Mountains are among the newest areas to be designated as National Parks.moreless
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      • Every National Park has a brass plaque honoring the contributions of Stephen Mather, the first director of the National Park Service.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Lee Whittlesey (historian): The advent of the automobile was the great democratizing factor. Suddenly, anyone who owned a car could come to the park, could make the drive, could go around the park and see it.

      • Narrator: (on the campaign to secure Smoky Mountains National Park) But the timber companies had not given up the fight. As owners of 85% of the land in the proposed park, they held out for exorbitant prices and kept cutting trees. Sometimes, even after signing documents to transfer ownership.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Producer/director Ken Burns and writer Dayton Duncan have said that the production of this documentary emphasized the role of people in the National Parks and this episode specifically focuses on them. However, a review in The New York Times notes that modern film footage of visitors is almost completely absent from the entire series.

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