Landscapes on Glass

Lantern Slides For The
Rainbow Bridge - Monument Valley Expedition

By Jack Turner
Forward by President Bill Clinton

The nation was in the throes of the Great Depression when dozens of scientists and students descended on the remote pinnacles and canyons of northern Arizona and southern Utah.

Water interests wanted to dam the canyons; pot hunters wanted to plunder thousand-year-old archaeological sites; cattlemen wanted to graze their livestock; bureaucrats wanted to make it all a living cultural park; and Native Americans just wanted to be left alone. One man decided to do something for the region.

On his own time, and at his own expense, Ansel Hall (then chief naturalist for the National Park Service) organized a massive scientific expedition. For six years, botanists, geologists, cartographers, archaeologists, zoologists, paleontologists, ethnographers, and more came from major universities and museums to spend summers studying the landscape and its inhabitants, past and present, with the Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition. To finance the project, Hall traveled the country, showing lantern slides of the region and soliciting support from philanthropists and foundations.

Landscapes on Glass: Lantern Slides for the Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition is the story of what has been called the last great expedition in the American West, and the man who made it happen. Lavishly illustrated with the hand-tinted photographs Hall used in his talks, this book is a tribute to the man, the expedition, and the region they sought to protect.