Near Linville in Avery County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Stephen Tyng Mather
July 4, 1867 - Jan 22, 1930
Marker series. This marker is included in the Stephen Tyng Mather marker series.
Location. 36° 5.4′ N, 81° 48.869′ W. Marker is near Linville, North Carolina, in Avery County. Marker can be reached from Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 304.4), one mile north of Blowing Rock Highway (U.S. 221), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the Linn Cove Visitor Center, in the plaza and garden on the south side of the building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Linville NC 28646, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Linn Cove Viaduct (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andre Michaux (approx. 1.8 miles away); Asa Gray (approx. 1.8 miles away); A Woman of War (approx. 4½ miles away); Banner Elk (approx. 5.6 miles Julian Price Memorial Park (approx. 5.7 miles away); Shepherd M. Dugger (approx. 6 miles away); Lees-McRae College (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Linville.
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 May 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 23, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.