How many people drive right by on their rush to arrive at Grand Canyon or another destination? That is a shame because this is one of America's distinct and fascinating parks. Environmental and western historian George Lubick has written a perceptive and engaging study of the history of the park and immediate region. If the book receives the readers it deserves, Petrified Forest National Park
should increase visitation and will definitely expand understanding of this park, its role, and the whole park system. . . . A very readable, fascinating study.
Lubick doesn't ignore the delicious tidbits that make history memorable: aging John Muir's involvement, for example, or the nettlesome interference of a lady who ran the nearby Lion Farm and caused the rapid thinning of the superintendent's hair. Every park and monument deserve such a history.