Arthur C. Pillsbury Foundation

Protecting and Preserving All Life -- By Extending Human Vision

University of California at Berkeley

Stephen Mather, class of 1887, and Horace Albright, class of 1912, were two of the individuals involved in selling the idea of government controlled Federal Trust lands to the public as a resource dedicated to their recreation.  

The campaign for National Parks began at a time in our history when the majority of Americans did not have the time to take a vacation from work, the money to pay the costs, or the means of transport to reach destinations which were remote.  Travel to Parks was limited by the cost and also by the state of highways and roads, which in the time between 1912 and 1927, were primitive.  Although middle class families began to acquire Fords when these became available motorized transport would remain largely an elite or upper middle class option into the 1920s.