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Historical Context




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Locating the Site

Map 1: Utah & Arizona.
[Map 1] with link to higher quality map.

Map 2: The Grand Circle Tour.[Map 2] with link to higher quality map.
(Union Pacific Museum Collection)

In the 1920s the Union Pacific Railroad Company created a "Grand Circle Tour" that allowed tourists to visit several parks in one trip. Tour participants departed from Cedar City, Utah, on motor buses and traveled the roads connecting Cedar Breaks, Zion, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and Bryce Canyon

Questions for Maps 1 & 2

1. Using Map 1, describe the locations of the parks on the Grand Circle Tour.

2. On Map 2, locate Cedar City where the Union Pacific motor bus tours began. How could tourists get to Cedar City? What larger cities might they have come from?

3. Trace the possible routes that the motor buses traveled to these sites. What might the road patterns indicate about the terrain and topography of the region?

4. For what purpose do you think Union Pacific created Map 2? Explain your answer.

5. Do you think the Grand Circle Tour appealed to the tourist at the time? Why or why not?

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