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Near Carlsbad in Eddy County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Stephen Tyng Mather

— July 4, 1887 - Jan. 22, 1930 —

 
 
Stephen Tyng Mather Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Julie Szabo, February 11, 2008
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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEnvironmentParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Stephen Tyng Mather series list.
 
Location. 32° 10.605′ N, 104° 26.482′ W. Marker is near Carlsbad, New Mexico, in Eddy County. Marker can be reached from State Road 7, 6.8 miles west of U.S. 62. Located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, at the cavern entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 727 NM-7, Carlsbad NM 88220, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carlsbad Caverns National Park (approx. 4.1 miles away); a different marker also named Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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(approx. 4.8 miles away); Guadalupe Mountains (approx. 7 miles away); Guadalupe Escarpment Scenic Area (approx. 7 miles away).
 
Regarding Stephen Tyng Mather. Stephen Tyng Mather led a full active life of 63 years, from 1867 to 1930. The years spanning the turn of the century saw vast changes in the country's demographics, as well as the development of modern forms of transportation and communication, and increased leisure time. Mather was able to capitalize on these trends in his marketing efforts at the Thorkildsen-Mather Borax Company, which made him a millionaire, and in his public life as the first director of the National Park Service. During his life, Mather was an active member of numerous organizations, including his college fraternity Sigma Chi, the Sun Alumni Association, the Chicago City Club and Municipal Voter's League, and the Sierra Club. He was always a strong supporter of the University of California at Berkeley. Mather was physically active, pursuing hiking and mountaineering, often squeezed into a frenzied travel schedule related to his business and the parks. His work, travel, and tremendous physical energy exacted a heavy toll and contributed to his untimely death.

Mather recognized magnificent scenery as the primary criterion for
Stephen Tyng Mather Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Julie Szabo, February 11, 2008
2. Stephen Tyng Mather Marker
establishment of national parks. He was very careful to evaluate choices for parks, wishing the parks to stand as a collection of unique monuments. He felt those areas which were duplicates might best be managed by others. Within the framework of "scenery," his preservation ethic covered such issues as the locations of park developments, provision of vistas along roadways, and the perpetuation of the natural scene. Mather always wished to have the parks supported by avid users, who would then communicate their support to their elected representatives. His grasp of a grassroots support system encouraged the rise of "nature study" and modern interpretation, as well as other park services, and was followed by increases in NPS appropriations. Mather was the first park professional to clearly articulate the policy which allowed the establishment of park concessioners to provide basic visitor comforts and services in the then undeveloped parks. His provision of creature comforts connected with park developments encouraged a curious and supportive public to visit the national parks.

His life is well summarized — on a series of bronze markers which were posthumously cast in his honor and distributed through many parks:

"He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved, unimpaired
The cave entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Julie Szabo, February 11, 2008
3. The cave entrance
for future generations. There will never come an end to the good he has done . . ."

From National Park Service: The First 75 Years
 
Also see . . .  Mather Plaques History. — “When it comes to Mather Plaques, they are spread out from Alaska to the Virgin Islands, Maine to Hawaii. They cover the gamut of National Parks, Monuments, a Sea Shore, Parkways, Memorials, a Preserve, a Battlefield, Recreation Areas, Historical Parks, Historic Sites, three administrative offices, a couple of State Parks, a city park, and two schools. They are in 16 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. They are in 11 World Heritage Sites.” (Submitted on April 14, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
The cave entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Julie Szabo, February 11, 2008
4. The cave entrance
Carlsbad Caverns National Park sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Julie Szabo, February 11, 2008
5. Carlsbad Caverns National Park sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 5, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 3,273 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 5, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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