Photography played an important role in the creation of Capitol Reef as a National Park.
In 1872, Major John Wesely Powell led an U.S. Army survey party in the area of the Waterpocket Fold with nothing remarkable to report other than its unique geology. Powell would later lead the first expedition to boat through the Grand Canyon.
In the 1870s, the The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints started settling the area around the Fremont River. There was some agricultural success but never more than 10 Mormon families in the area until the 1900s.
In 1921 Ephraim Portman Pectol and Joseph Hickman started promoting the surrounding area by forming the Wayne Wonderland Club, named after the local high school, Wayne. In 1933 the Club raised a 'whopping' $150 to hire a photographer to film images of the Reef area. Pectol was elected to the U.S. Legislature and contacted President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and provided their professional photo images as proof of the worthiness of Capitol Reef as consideration for National Monument status and federal funds and protection. In 1937, President Roosevelt signed a proclamation creating Capitol Reef National Monument, setting side 37,711 acres. However the Great Depression would hinder any funds or rangers for a long time.
In 1962 paved highway Route 24 was built through the Freemont River Canyon and visitors increased substantially. In 1968 President Lyndon Johnson increased the Monument's size to 254,251 acres (1,029 km). This led to the evolution of the Monument to National Park by President Richard Nixon's approval in 1971.
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jemaflor (103133) 2013-12-21 8:15
great landscape well presented, I like these tones and the perfect light capture, good result and tfs.
Silvio1953 (152991) 2013-12-21 11:51
Ciao Ray, great view of fantastic place, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
lousat (97585) 2013-12-21 15:33
Hi Ray,you know how is the best moment to take pics in places like this..ehehe.another spectacular capture in the best light to warm up the colors in the best way,great view and magic contrast with the blue sky,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (33634) 2013-12-22 7:11
Excellent note. To know that photography played such an important part in this place is fascinating, and perhaps for that very reason that we can still see your more recent captures of the same place since its protection as a park! And what a place too, the colors are amazing. I can only imagine how people would have felt seeing images of this place for the first time. I am in awe and I have National Geographic station and the internet :)
Excellent post again Ray, thanks
All the best
kwekwekan (1078) 2013-12-29 16:32
I like the double layering effect here: 1) the rock formation sandwiched between the ground and the sky 2) the brilliant contrasting colours of the grass, trees, rocks and sky.
Wishing you a very happy new year,