The creation of the U.S. national parks coincides with the end of westward expansion, which displaced many indigenous populations; the growth of the railroads and then the highway system, which facilitated tourism; the beginning of the environmental movement; and the development and popularization of photography. All these forces manifested in the national parks’ creation.

The goal of ParkCulture is to create a resource that makes visible the various ideologies that have inflected the creation and development of the national parks.