Wednesday, August 6, 2008

WPA Poster ~ Zion National Park

During the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration to create jobs for the unemployed. To that end, the Department of the Interior in Washington D.C. commissioned art work for the National Park Service. This poster for Zion National Park was created in 1938, artist unknown.

Zion National Park, located in southern Utah, was created in 1919, after having been a national monument since 1906. "Zion" is Hebrew for refuge or sanctuary. The showpiece of the park is a 15 mile long, half mile deep Navajo sandstone canyon, carved out over the centuries by river water. The park is unique in that it has desert, riparian areas, woodland and coniferous forests. It is home to 289 species of birds, 75 types of mammals and 32 types of reptiles.

1 comment:

lotusgreen said...

i love so many of these--that yellowstone one too... and the grand canyon (which i'll probably find if i keep going?)