Brochure for Yosemite Valley produced by Southern Pacific Railroad, circa 1924
Brochure for Yosemite Valley produced by Southern Pacific Railroad, circa 1924

Color brochure for Yosemite Valley produced by Southern Pacific Railroad (SPRR). Illustrations on front cover are Half Dome. Yosemite National Park, circa 1924.

Great Northern Railroad Timetable for Glacier National Park
Great Northern Railroad Timetable for Glacier National Park

The Great Northern Railway, which had a monopoly at Glacier National Park, encouraged wealthy Easterners to "see America first" rather than vacationing in Europe in the 1910s.

Great Northern Railroad brochure for Glacier National Park
Great Northern Railroad brochure for Glacier National Park

1910

Southern Pacific Railroad brochure
Southern Pacific Railroad brochure
 Railroad brochure promoting Yellowstone as “the new Wonderland,” circa 1880s
Railroad brochure promoting Yellowstone as “the new Wonderland,” circa 1880s

In 1872, when Yellowstone became the world's first national park, Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was already a best-seller. Hoping to capitalize on it – and on the natural wonders of Yellowstone – the Northern Pacific Railroad distributed brochures linking the two. For the first decades of the park's existence, the railroad was essentially in control, until the Army was sent in.

Santa Fe Railroad brochure for Grand Canyon outings, 1929
Santa Fe Railroad brochure for Grand Canyon outings, 1929
U.S. Railroad Administration promotes tourism to the national parks after WWI
U.S. Railroad Administration promotes tourism to the national parks after WWI
Brochure for Yosemite Valley produced by Southern Pacific Railroad, circa 1924
Great Northern Railroad Timetable for Glacier National Park
Great Northern Railroad brochure for Glacier National Park
Southern Pacific Railroad brochure
 Railroad brochure promoting Yellowstone as “the new Wonderland,” circa 1880s
Santa Fe Railroad brochure for Grand Canyon outings, 1929
U.S. Railroad Administration promotes tourism to the national parks after WWI
Brochure for Yosemite Valley produced by Southern Pacific Railroad, circa 1924

Color brochure for Yosemite Valley produced by Southern Pacific Railroad (SPRR). Illustrations on front cover are Half Dome. Yosemite National Park, circa 1924.

Great Northern Railroad Timetable for Glacier National Park

The Great Northern Railway, which had a monopoly at Glacier National Park, encouraged wealthy Easterners to "see America first" rather than vacationing in Europe in the 1910s.

Great Northern Railroad brochure for Glacier National Park

1910

Southern Pacific Railroad brochure
Railroad brochure promoting Yellowstone as “the new Wonderland,” circa 1880s

In 1872, when Yellowstone became the world's first national park, Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" was already a best-seller. Hoping to capitalize on it – and on the natural wonders of Yellowstone – the Northern Pacific Railroad distributed brochures linking the two. For the first decades of the park's existence, the railroad was essentially in control, until the Army was sent in.

Santa Fe Railroad brochure for Grand Canyon outings, 1929
U.S. Railroad Administration promotes tourism to the national parks after WWI
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