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Near Lodgepole Village in Tulare County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

For the Good of the Giants

 
 
For the Good of the Giants Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 26, 2011
1. For the Good of the Giants Marker
[Photo caption:]
Until 1970 the gas station shown here in the 1950ís stood just to your right. I was one of the facilities removed to protect the sequoias of Giant Forest.
Inscription. Try to imagine yourself standing here in the 1950ís. You would have been surrounded by cars. Engine noise and exhaust would have overridden your impressions of the giant trees. Almost 100 cabins and motel units would have faced you from across the road.

Development in the Giant Forest began long ago. As early as the 1890ís people began building here. Campgrounds, hotels, shops, a post office, park headquarters, parking lots, a gas station, and a sewage treatment plant all stood on the roots of the sequoias.

Over time, people recognized the damage being done to the groveís ecology and beauty. In the 1970ís the park began to move services to less sensitive areas. In 1999 the last building came down.

Today, the only facilities left here are those dedicated to one thing – helping you learn about giant sequoias.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 36° 33.886′ N, 118° 46.374′ W. Marker is near Lodgepole Village, California, in Tulare County. Marker is on Generals Highway (State Highway 198). Click for map. This marker is located in Sequoia National Park at the Giant Forest Museum. The museum is located approximately one hour north of
For the Good of the Giants Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 26, 2011
2. For the Good of the Giants Marker
the Ash Mountain entrance to the park. Marker is in this post office area: Three Rivers CA 93271, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. one mile away); Cattle Cabin (approx. 1.1 miles away); General Sherman Tree (approx. 1.6 miles away); Middle Fork Canyon (approx. 1.7 miles away); Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks (approx. 3.6 miles away); Battle Mountain (approx. 10.2 miles away); General Grant Tree Trail (approx. 16.8 miles away); The Centennial Stump (approx. 16.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The Giant Forest Museum. NPS website with information on the museum which is where the marker is located. (Submitted on July 12, 2011.) 
 
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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