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Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Mission 66

A Decade of Modernization

 
 
Mission 66 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 29, 2015
1. Mission 66 Marker
Inscription.
In the late 1950s, Canyon Village was created near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River. Its design and construction showcased a then modern-day plan to host a growing number of travelers.

Following World War II, Americans longed for scenic vistas and the freedom of the open road. In record numbers, people took to the highways on carefree trips with family and friends. National parks were popular destinations, and affordable accommodations were in demand.

In response, the National Park Service embarked on a ten-year program known as Mission 66 to upgrade public facilities. Campgrounds and picnic areas were improved. Lodges, stores, and gas stations were built. Roads were upgraded to accommodate the increasing number of motor vehicles. Visitor centers, a new concept, were created to provide easily accessible information, orientation, and education. Started in parks across the country in 1956, Mission 66 was targeted for completion by 1966 – the 50th anniversary of the National Park Service.

In 1958, park rangers opened the Canyon Visitor Center doors for the first full season. This Mission 66 facility was at the heart of visitor services in the Canyon area for nearly five decades.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location.
Mission 66 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 29, 2015
2. Mission 66 Marker
44° 44.078′ N, 110° 29.479′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on Grand Loop Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Canyon Village, in front of the Canyon Visitor Education Center. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Golden Opportunity / Mission 66 in Yellowstone / The Mission Continues (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grand View (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lookout Point (approx. 0.9 miles away); Waterfall Makers (approx. 0.9 miles away); Still Venting After All These Years (approx. 1.1 miles away); Brink of Lower Falls (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
 
More about this marker. Several photographs of Canyon Village as it appeared in the 1960s appear on the marker. At the bottom left of the marker is a picture of the 1911 Craftsman style Canyon Hotel, which provided inspiration for the 2006 Canyon Village Education Area.
 
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Marker in Canyon Village image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 29, 2015
3. Marker in Canyon Village
Canyon Visitor Education Center image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 29, 2015
4. Canyon Visitor Education Center
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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