The Grand Circle Tour - National Parks Historic Photography Exhibit

Exhibition Website

Jul 7 2016 - Sep 1 2016

From roughly 1920 through 1960 tourists came by train to Cedar City, Utah to begin a tour of Zion National Park, Grand Canyon-North Rim, Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Join us on a black and white photographic tour of their route courtesy of the Southern Utah University Library’s Special Collections. The photographs are from the Homer Jones, Dixie National Forest, Charles Ford, Henry W. Lunt, and the Utah Parks Company photograph collections.

The exhibit will be enhanced by artifacts from the Utah Parks Company collection (located at the Frontier Homestead State Park in Cedar City), Ryan Paul’s private collection, and SUMA. The desk and chair from Jimmie Jones’ studio on display originally came from the Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim where Jimmie spent summers working at the lodge as a young man.

Gilbert Stanley Underwood’s original architectural drawings from the Zion Lodge are on loan from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Underwood is the architect of the iconic national park lodges including the Ahwahnee in Yosemite, Old Faithful Lodge, and Jackson Lake Lodge. The Grand Circle lodges at Bryce Canyon, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion Lodge, and the Cedar Breaks Lodge (now demolished) are also among Underwood’s body of work.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • Photography
  • American
  • 20th Century
  • History

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