National Park Story
By ISABELLE F. STORY
Consultant, National Park Service
IT WAS FITTING THAT THE FATE OF THE YELLOWSTONE
COUNTRY should have been decided, and the national park idea given
birth, at the 1870 campfire at the close of the Yellowstone
explorations. The campfire is interwoven into the fabric of America.
Around it gathered the early explorers, the trappers, the fur traders,
the soldiers, and the pioneer settlers. Today it stands for
campanionship, relaxation, and recreation in the out-of-doors. Campfire
gatherings in the national parks are gaining steadily in popularity; and
in the long range plans of national park development more campfire
circles are planned.
(Web Edition Note: The Yellowstone
campfire myth was later proven to be untrue).
UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Fred A. Seaton, Secretary
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Conrad L. Wirth, Director