Saturday, August 16, 2008

WPA Posters ~ Grand Canyon National Park

Created by artists working for FDR's New Deal era WPA, this poster was commissioned by the Department of the Interior for the National Park Service in 1938, artist unknown.

The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona was carved over 17 million years by the waters of the mighty Colorado River. 277 miles long, 4-18 miles wide and a mile deep, it was home to Native American tribes for thousands of years. The first European to see it was Garcia Lopez de Cardenas in 1540. In 1869, Major John Wesley Powell, a Civil War veteran, was the first person to make a recorded journey down the Colorado through the Canyon. Theodore Roosevelt was active in getting it designated a National Park.

The photograph below was made in May 2008 by Doug Dolde, who was kind enough to share.

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