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Near Promontory in Box Elder County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Stephen Tyng Mather

July 4, 1867 — Jan. 22, 1930

 
 
Stephen Tyng Mather Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 17, 2013
1. Stephen Tyng Mather Marker
Inscription.  He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good that he has done.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Stephen Tyng Mather marker series.
 
Location. 41° 37.035′ N, 112° 33.055′ W. Marker is near Promontory, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Golden Spike Road (22000 West Road) and 6400 North Road. Touch for map. Marker is located near the Golden Spike National Historic Site main entrance, on the north side of the main parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Corinne UT 84307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Southern Pacific Monument (here, next to this marker); Last Spike Driven (within shouting distance of this marker); Transforming Communication: from Coast to Coast (within shouting distance of this marker); Competition 1869 (within shouting distance of this marker); Golden Spike (within shouting distance of this marker); May 9, 1869
Stephen Tyng Mather Marker (<i>wide view; located near visitor center entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 17, 2013
2. Stephen Tyng Mather Marker (wide view; located near visitor center entrance)
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); May 10, 1869 (about 300 feet away); The Locomotives of Golden Spike - Jupiter (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Promontory.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a large metal plaque, mounted at eye-level, on the left side as you approach the main entrance.
 
Also see . . .  Stephen Tyng Mather. He was the founding director of the National Park Service in 1916. Prior to his involvement with NPS, he was an influential industrialist who had become personally wealthy from his involvement with Twenty Mule Team Borax. Mather was a dedicated conservationist, a member of the Sierra Club, and friend and admirer of John Muir; and an avid mountain climber. On a trip through Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks in 1914 he was shocked by the conditions he found. Mather wrote Secretary Franklin Lane a highly critical report on the mismanagement of the national parks. He and Lane were friends from their student days at the University of California. Quite succinctly Lane responded, "Dear Steve: If you don't like the way the national parks are run, why don't you come on down to Washington and run them yourself." (Submitted on November 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkEnvironmentParks & Recreational Areas
 
Golden Spike National Historic Site Visitor Center Entrance (<i>marker just right of this sign</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 17, 2013
3. Golden Spike National Historic Site Visitor Center Entrance (marker just right of this sign)
Stephen T. Mather with William Kent image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley, circa 1923
4. Stephen T. Mather with William Kent
As noted on the marker, it was Mather who laid the foundation for the National Park System, but he was not without help in the issue - William Kent was the California congressman who wrote and sponsored the Organic Act of 1916, which established the National Park Service.
 
More. Search the internet for Stephen Tyng Mather.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4. submitted on November 11, 2018. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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