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Reader Participation Day: What is the Most Iconic Image Associated With the National Park System?

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Would you say Half Dome is the most iconic image associated with national parks? Photo copyright QT Luong, www.terragalleria.com/parks, used with permission.

Yellowstone has Old Faithful, in Yosemite looms Half Dome, and Arches has Delicate Arch.

Those are just three settings that are readily identified with national parks. But which view in the National Park System do you think is the most iconic of all when talk turns to parks?

Do you think of the bison that is on the Interior Department logo or on the National Park Service shield? What about the presidential images chiseled into Mount Rushmore?

Tell us, what is the most iconic image of the National Park System?

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My first thought was Lady Liberty as well, but how about this nomine.... Martin Luther KIng Jr. standing at a podium in front of the Lincoln Memorial - or the shot of the vast crowds participating in the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" lining West Potomac Park along the reflecting pool?


Dave Crowl:
National Park Foundation already uses the Ranger Hat. I think the arrow head is iconic but I bet if they were to choose a new symbol they would avoid the arrowhead for its native American reference.

I didn't get any sense that the arrowhead was controversial. My understanding is that it represents "historical and archeological values".


Lee - I wasn't suggesting any sort of rules other than maybe the obvious civility, profanity, etc. I've noticed that a lot of comments venture off-topic, which doesn't really bother me. I frankly enjoy the venting.

I was just wondering why there weren't any general forums here, which could get interesting. Now that would be a place to vent. I do suppose the problem is increased bandwidth used, as well as the problems with general spam postings.


National Park Foundation already uses the Ranger Hat. I think the arrow head is iconic but I bet if they were to choose a new symbol they would avoid the arrowhead for its native American reference.


No doubt in my mind:


Y_P_W, there's no general forum here because we lack the workforce to fight all the spam. A couple years ago we had a whole section of forums on various topics, and every morning we'd awake to dozens of spam filings. Requiring manual approval of comments doesn't solve the problem, it just transfers it to our in-boxes.


YP, a lot of the real fun of Traveler is the wide variety of comments from so many varied readers. It provides a lot of entertainment and a host of viewpoints that might be severely diminished if there was some kind of rule regarding posts. Sometimes the comments are vents, sometimes they are educational, sometimes they are humorous and sometimes downright solemnly serious.

But the VERY BEST THING about it all is that the vast majority of comments are civil and usually in reasonably good taste. Maybe that has something to do with the quality of people who have become fans of the Traveler.

This gray headed old fossil would absolutely hate to see anything change here.


Leslie Nielsen?

I remember one of the Naked Gun movies featured a "Canadian restaurant" where the waiter was wearing a Mountie uniform and served "chocolate moose".

Since this is an unrelated set of comments, that reminds me. I love the comments sections, which assorted readers use to vent. However - how come there's no general forum here?


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