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Opening Zion-A Scrapbook of the National Park's First Official Tourists (4311)
By John and Melissa Clark


When Melissa Clark purchased a box of old scrapbooks online, she knew only that she now owned something relating to the University of Utah and Zion Park. What came in the mail, however, was much more than the random mementos she expected. Instead, two albums arrived filled with beautifully preserved photographs and newspaper clippings dating to 1920. They document a trip made by six young University of Utah women into the newly formed Zion National Park. The Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, in an effort to promote tourism, commissioned the girls to enter the canyon as models for a publicity campaign, becoming its first official tourists. When Melissa bought those timeworn scrapbooks she found a forgotten treasure: the opening of Zion.
Those scrapbooks became the basis for this one-of-a-kind publication. Part fashion spread, part adventure guide, all Utah cultural treasure, 'Opening Zion' is a stunning visual record of the park. Beautiful black-and-white photographs show the group scrambling over rocky outcrops, pondering Zion’s massive cliff faces, and singing camp songs by the fire. We are introduced anew to the “gigantic grandeur" of Zion National Park. As one of the girls wrote, “One can think only beautiful thoughts amid such splendor.”

Price: US $19.95

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