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Aerial Photos of Arches National Monument #1 (from 1957)

In 1957, as plans to construct a paved road into Arches National Monument proceeded,  a series of aerial photographs were taken.  According to former chief ranger Lloyd Pierson, he and superintendent Bates Wilson used these images to plot out the right-of-way for the new road. Later engineers refined the route. What the photographs show, more than anything else, is a very quiet, undisturbed national monument, when visitation barely exceeded 10,000. Within a few years of the road’s completion, visitation surged to 100,000. Today it hovers at close to one million…

Below….see if you can spot Delicate Arch.


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