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National Park, City Playground: Mount Rainier in the Twentieth Century (Samuel and Althea Stroum Book) Paperback – January 1, 2006


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  • Series: Samuel and Althea Stroum Book
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; First Edition edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295986433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295986432
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,701,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Readers will realize that they are part of the story of the park--whether they view the peak on the horizon, visit on weekends, stay in the park's hotels, or engage in more physically demanding activities."--David Louter, author of Windshield Wilderness: Cars, Roads, and Nature in Washington's National Parks

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"Readers will realize that they are part of the story of the park -- whether they view the peak on the horizon, visit on weekends, stay in the park's hotels, or engage in more physically demanding activities." -- David Louter, author of Windshield Wilderness: Cars, Roads, and Nature in Washington's National Parks

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Theodore Catton was born in Seattle and has lived most of his life in Washington and Montana. He is an independent historian who specializes in projects for the National Park Service. His first book, Inhabited Wilderness: Indians, Eskimos and National Parks in Alaska, received the George Perkins Marsh Prize in 1998. He was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 2011 and went to New Zealand as a Fulbright scholar in 2012.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Digbee VINE VOICE on March 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Every national park should have a history as good as this one. It's short (200 pages), with a clear focus (the role of Seattle and Tacoma recreationists in the development of park policy). Catton writes well, and tells the history with rich detail while staying focused on the main lines of the story.

Catton grounds the story more broadly, with comparisons to a few other parks and an awareness of the lines of national park policy. But his focus remains solidly on Rainier, a park he has known well since his childhood.

The book includes color plates in the middle, including some funny posed photos of nymphs by Asahel Curtis. The production values are also very good. If you want to know the history of Mount Rainier National Park, this is the book you want.
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