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Creating the National Park Service: The Missing Years, By Horace M. Albright and Marian Albright Schenck, Foreword by Robert M. Utley

 

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February 1902. "Perhaps more than to either of my parents, I looked to my maternal grandfather, Horace Marden, as a model." He is seen here with his wife, Lizzie; their two daughters (the only survivors of nine children) and their husbands, Wils Yandell and George Albright; and their grandchildren. Horace Marden Albright is farthest on the right.

 

Horace M. Albright graduated from Georgetown Law School on June 16, 1914.

 

Grace Marian Noble, 1914. At Christmas I received my first portrait of my "beautiful brown eyes," as I called Grace.

 

Arriving on the private Pullman car Calzona for the National Park Conference, which opened in Berkeley, California, on March 11, 1915, were (left to right) Oliver Mitchell, Stephen Mather, Horace Albright, Congressman Denver Church, Robert B. Marshall, W. B. Ackers, Robert Yard, and Colonel Lloyd Brett.

 

Three Blackfeet chiefs visited Mather (seated at desk) in April 1915 to protest the use of white men's names in Glacier Peak. In their hands were small steel hatchets, not Indian tomahawks. Standing left to right: Bird Rattlers, Curly Bear, Wolf Plume, and Indian Interpreters, H. M. Albright, another interpreter, and R. B. Marshall. Photo by Scherer Studio, Washington, D.C.

 

Albright with the Mather Mountain Party in the Sierra Nevada, California, July 14-29, 1915. "By July 26 everyone in the party looked like a caveman."

 

"Moving slowly across jumbled, flat rocks at a gentle angle, we were almost surprised when we found we had run out of mountain. "Twelve of the Mather Mountain Party reached the summit of Mountain Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental United States. Horace Albright stands third from the right and Mather to his left. National Geographic photo by Gilbert Crosvenor.

 

August 27, 1915, Nisqually Glacier, Mount Rainier National Park. "It was a glorious day for me, as every minute was a fresh experience, with new glimpses of this fascinating wooded and iced park around every bend in the trail." Photographed by Asahel Curtis are Mather, Albright, and Marshall (in center of group). Washington State Historical Society.

 

July 11, 1915, my first visit to the Grand Canyon. Later I remarked: "I hate to have a Grand Canyon Park where one has to walk along the rim, hopping on one foot and keep the other out over the canyon."

 

"September 4, 1915, was dedication day for Rocky Mountain National Park." Among those gathered were Acting Supervisor Charles Trowbridge, Stephen Mather, and Horace Albright.

 

Albright at Mammoth Hot Springs, September 1915. "I had never been to Yellowstone and was terribly excited about seeing "Wonderland," as the magazines called it."

 

December 3, 1915, Mather (above) and Albright joined some local people for a horsepack trip to Ozark-Lithia Springs, Arkansas.

 

Honeymoon at Grand Canyon, Hermit's Rest, January 1916. "We sat before the immense, arched rock fireplace, with the huge blazing logs quickly thawing us while we had tea and cakes."

 

August 1916. "The second Mather Mountain Party was as memorable as the first," Standing: F. B. McClure, Harold White, Robert Yard, George Davis. Seated: Stephen Mather, E. O. McCormick, F.W. Grimwood, and Edward Curtis, who served as photographer for the pack trip along the John Muir Trail in the Sierra Nevada.

 

August 1, 1917, on top of Cadillac Mountain, Sieur de Monts National Monument, Maine. Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane (right), seen here with Custodian George Doerr, became a true champion of the monument, later known as Acadia National Park.

 

August 17, 1917. As "Personal Representative of the Secretary of the Interior" I met Viscount Kikujino Ishii, his party of fifty, and innumerable San Francisco dignitaries and State Department bureaucrats when they visited Yosemite. Albright is seated in the middle seat with James Ralph mayor of San Francisco.

 

September 12, 1917, Mesa Verde National Park. "The sun spotlighted the ancient complex called Spruce Tree House with what the locals called a 'colorado' glow-the Spanish word for red. It was ethereal."

 

"At about 14,260 feet, Mount Evans was the most prominent peak seen from Denver." Albright and fellow mountaineers on the summit, October 5, 1918.

 

December 1918. Mather traveled with a party of friends through the Northwest and had an especially great time at Mount Rainier.

 

July 15, 1919. Horace Albright, on his first day as superintendent of Yellowstone National Park.

 

 

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