Photographer's Note

"There is an eloquence to their forms which stirs the imagination with a singular power and kindles in the mind, a glowing response. Nothing can exceed the wondrous beauty of Zion, in the nobility and beauty of Nature's sculptures there is no comparison."
When geologist Clarence E. Dutton wrote that description in 1880, southern Utah was a wild, rugged country of little-known canyons and plateaus. Slowly, scientific reports, magazine articles, and photographs spread the word that deep within this remote territory lay the scenic phenomenon of Zion.

A government report about Zion's unusual landscape was presented to President William Howard Taft, who soon thereafter, made it "Mukuntuweap" National Monument, a Paiute indian word meaning "straight canyon". In 1918 the locally unpopular name was changed to Zion, and in 1919 Zion was converted from a National Monument to a National Park.

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