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Yellowstone National Park - Mission 66 - A Decade of Modernization


Location of sign - Canyon Visitor Center in Yellowstone National Park


Photo taken June 2008

Mission 66 road sign Yellowstone National Park, Canyon Visitor Center sign Yellowstone National Park  

Close-up view of sign


Mission 66 road sign Yellowstone National Park, Canyon Visitor Center sign Yellowstone National Park

Wide view of sign


Text of sign:


Mission 66 A Decade of Modernization


In the late 1950's, Canyon Village was created near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.  It's design and construction 

showcased a then modern-day plan to host a growing number of travelers.  


Following World War II, Americans longed for scenic vistas and the freedom of the open road.  In record numbers people took

to the highways on carefree trips with family and friends.  National parks were popular destinations, and affordable 

accommodations were in demand.


In response, The National Park Service embarked on a ten year program known as Mission 66 to upgrade public facilities.  

Campgrounds and picnic areas were improved.  Lodges, stores, and gas stations were built.  Roads were upgraded to

accomodate the increasing number of motor vehicles.  Visitor centers, a new concept, were created to provide easily accessible

information, orientation, and education.  Started in parks accross the country in 1956 Mission 66 was targeted for completion by

1966 - the 50th anniversary of the National Park Service.


In 1958, park rangers opened the Canyon Visitor Center doors for the first full season.  This Mission 66 facility was at the heart of

visitor services in the Canyon area for nearly five decades.


The 1911 Craftsman style Canyon hotel (above) provided inspiration for the 2006 Canyon Vistior Education Center.


Graphics on the sign


In addition to the text this sign features two pictures of the 1958 visitor center with other pictures of visitors from the time period

looking at exhibits.  A photo of the original Canyon hotel is provided as well.


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