ABSTRACT

Probably the worst trouble with this lack of central control was that, as Buck said: "Without responsible direction, the establishment of parks and the efforts to secure appropriations for them in several instances deteriorated into a scramble for federal appropria· tions."S Some locality with an area of very modest scenic values, or perhaps nothing of value at all, with an eye to Congressional appropriations and profitable tourist traffic, might steam up a campaign to have it made a national park, and if it had an influential delegation in Congress might succeed in it. There was no over-all administrative authority to check on the quality of national park proposals. So we got such parks as Mackinac, Platt, and Sullys Hill.