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Near Ramah in Cibola County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Monumental Changes

El Morro National Monument

 
 
Monumental Changes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2016
1. Monumental Changes Marker
Inscription.  Living and working at El Morro in the early 1900s was an adventure in itself. The duty station was remote, the dirt roads leading in and out were often impassible during wet weather, and a lack of running water or electricity made living conditions primitive. In fact, the first ranger cabin, which also served as a tourist shelter, began as nothing more than a three-sided shed.

The advent of the public works programs of the Depression Era changed the face of El Morro National Monument. A new custodian's residence and visitor contact station were completed in 1939, utilizing Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds — one of the New Deal programs initiated by President Roosevelt. The superintendent and his family finally enjoyed the luxuries of running water and a coal furnace. The sandstone residence before you now serves as the administrative offices for El Morro.

Mission 66
With the post-World War II economy booming and an increasingly mobile public, it wasn't long before El Morro didn't seem quite as far off the beaten path. As visitation rose each year, El Morro soon outgrew its small visitor contact station.

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Marker detail: <i>”Living there was pretty rough.”</i> image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: ”Living there was pretty rough.”
It was very rough. We had no telephone, we had no way of getting out. That first winter we had no firewood for quite awhile. We had no communication.
—Robert L. Budlong, 2nd custodian of El Morro National Monument
Morro wasn't alone. In 1956, the National Park Service (NPS) initiated Mission 66 — a ten-year program created to revitalize the national parks in time for the 50th anniversary of the NPS in 1966.

The visitor center through which you entered was completed in 1964 as part of the Mission 66 effort. Its modern architecture is typical of the many other NPS visitor centers built during this time. It is, along with the 1939 residence, as much a part of El Morro's history as the inscriptions themselves.
 
Erected by National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series list.
 
Location. 35° 2.309′ N, 108° 20.928′ W. Marker is near Ramah, New Mexico, in Cibola County. Marker can be reached from El Morro National Monument Road 0.9 miles from Ice Caves Road (State Highway 53). Marker is located just outside the El Morro National Monument Visitor Center entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ramah NM 87321, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oasis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Preserving Our Heritage (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Marker detail: Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Visitor Center
The visitor contact station from 1939 and today's visitor center. Although the inside of the current visitor center has a more modern feel, the architecture of the old building was carried over to the new building. Notice that the stone pillar on the left of the old station is the same pillar on the far right of the new visitor center.
Lemonade Sumac (approx. 0.2 miles away); Atsinna (approx. ¼ mile away); Visitors Through the Ages (approx. 0.4 miles away); Welcome to El Morro (approx. 0.6 miles away); El Morro National Monument Inscription Rock (approx. 0.7 miles away); Matilda Coxe Stevenson (1849-1915) (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ramah.
 
Regarding Monumental Changes. National Register of Historic Places #66000043.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. El Morro National Monument
 
Also see . . .  El Morro National Monument (Wikipedia). El Morro was designated a national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt on December 8, 1906, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Today the site is managed by the National Park Service. The many inscription panels, water pool, pueblo ruins, and the top of the promontory are all accessible via park trails. (Submitted on December 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Monumental Changes Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2016
4. Monumental Changes Marker
El Morro National Monument Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2016
5. El Morro National Monument Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 23, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 24, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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