"General Development Plan, Old Faithful Area"
By an unknown draftsman for the Branch of Plans and Designs, January 1,
Colored pencil on a photo-reproductive print on paper
36" x 42" National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the National
National Parks: Yellowstone National
Park As tourism at national parks and monuments increased,
the National Park Service expanded facilities at many of its sites. Future
needs of the parks were eventually incorporated into "Master Plans" and
"General Development Plans" prepared by the Park Service. These colorful
plans from the 1930s and 1940s depict everything from the location of
administration buildings, parking lots, and plantings, to the size of
concession stands and placement of sidewalks and toilets. The plans were
an effort to accommodate the needs of visitors while maintaining the integrity
of the park. They also attempted to mesh the park's utilitarian needs
with designs that reflected local architectural styles and traditions.