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sometimes contributed to a president's death or saved them from dying without public knowledge. for our complete american history tv schedule go to -span.org. >> each week american history tv's american artifacts visits museums and historic places. next week on american history tv's "reel america," faces from the west from in 1956. on september 20, lady bird johnson and stewart udall set off on a four-day conservation tour of california,, arizona, and new mexico. the u.s. naval photographic center recorded the trip. the first lady dedicated several parks, traveled with governor of
airport for a four-day conservation tour, which would carry her across the length of the country for stopovers in california, arizona, and new exico. her companions for the trip, secretary of the interior stewart udall, and his wife. for mrs. johnson, who normally travels tourist class on commercial planes, the early portion of the flight was not only an unaccustomed luxury, but probably one of the most unusual having things in aviation history. arranged by american airlines, which charted the first lady 727 jet, the show featured the latest west coast original from san francisco. eventually however the delighted models and can relate and photographers all disappeared from the aisles and took to the windows to enjoy some of the comparable aerial views of the far west.
including memorable moments from the high peaks of the legendary sierra nevada's, fresh with their first snowfall of the ear. by 3:30 the afternoon pacific time, mrs. johnson's jetliner touchdown at hamilton air force base near center jusco. on hand to meet her work mr. and mrs. brown of california. less than 15 minutes after her arrival in the golden state, mrs. johnson was airborne again. this time by helicopter, bound for the dedication ceremony that
would formally designate the 53,000 acre point raised peninsula as a national seashore and park area. alifornia history range with great names of discovery and achievement. cabrillo, fremont, vallejo, stanford -- yet for all her dramatic past she remains a land of challenge. two of the greatest challenge in modern california are the states ever-expanding population, and the growing need of its fellow citizens to respect and preserve as many land areas among -- of uncluttered beauty as possible. >> every person wants to set a place. and a place where he can be at repose. for many americans, that place of refreshment will be land owned by all the people.
arks, seashores, ref gees of one kind or -- refugees of one kind or another. it is of paramount importance that we save and set aside enough sentient race for the future. --enough sanctuaries for the uture. the growing need of an urban america, of quickening kicks of he conservation clocks, that i dedicate this national seashore to the vitality of the american people. nd to generations yet unborn who will come here with the continent at their back, and gaze afar into a masterpiece. thank you so much for letting me share my time. [applause] >> just before sundown, mrs. johnson flew over the majestic
golden gate bridge to the vibrant city of st. francis, by they san francisco. eaving its sophistication with the was still of ships and clank of cable cars. i'm dutch time in addition have made her the queen of commerce and culture in northern california. --time and ambition have made her the queen of commerce and culture in northern california. mrs. johnson first date of the our came to a close at the war memorial opera house, where she attended the san francisco opera theater. just before noon of the second ay, mrs. johnson continued her aerial tour of california with one last look at point reyes
peninsula. than her 727 jet swung inland over the lush fields of the central valley, the largest and most important agricultural area west of the rocky mountains. t lake tahoe, the day -- the old spanish garrison town of onterey. uriously, for all of the monterey peninsula's past fame as a spanish and mexican colonial stronghold, many historic landmarks speak strongly to the californian of reedom and independence. [applause] >> standing here at colton hall,
he cradle of government in california, i am well aware of your proud past. i am impressed with what you have done to preserve this colorful history and bountiful beauty of the big sur country. albert schweitzer once said, men have lost the capacity to foresee and forestall. he will end by destroying the earth. i am not so pessimistic. and i know that the people of monterey peninsula know that conservation, beautification,: it what you will, is more than just one tree, or one historic building, or one highway. is a frame of reference, a way of life. you have lived it. and everyone who comes here is refreshed by what you have
done. i want to contribute a small share. chestnut tree seedling from the thomas jefferson that at the white house to express my gratitude to the people of the peninsula for what you have done. >> just outside the city of carmel, mrs. johnson made an unscheduled stop at the san carlos borromeo mission. in 1770, this famous landmarks are busy headquarters for the zealous father serra, the chief of franciscan missions that dotted the landscape of california. of all the rows that carry travelers up and down the coastal ranges of california, none offers more sheer
excitement per mile than the big sur scenic highway, which source for 80 miles along the western brink of the north american continent from the carmel river to more ok. this is the big sur country, a stretch of sculptured coastline amous for both this dramatic compensation with, the seat and its artist and writer's who have been drawn to its natural eauty. standing near one of the most exquisite bridges in the west, mrs. johnson designated the big sur highway and it while 70 of mountains, sea and --wild symphony of mountains, sea, and sky, to all that would share it. at midafternoon the first lady arrived at the place called wildberger. site -- the site of a well-known architect. resting 600 feet above the surface, mrs. johnson vicariously enjoyed another of ig sur's greatest treasures:
privacy. the final daylight hours of mrs. johnson's second day in california brought her to look west of and component, the ingested hill -- the enchanted hill on sin city. -- on sand city. closely guarded during his lifetime, san simeon became legendary as the most mysterious private estate in america. the enchanted hill was presented to the state of california by the hearst family for use as a state historical park and useum. irst, to sweep up the near grade of hollywood and the political world and bring them to san simeon would have admired
mrs. johnson's final evening in california, as achievement with over 500 guests, most of them scientists, educators, and onservationists. the background was a lavish neptune pool, with its flanking colonnade and rolling emple. early the next morning, with her departure for the state of rizona less than an hour away, mrs. johnson took time to tour through the queen the casagrande. in an almost fairytale atmosphere are gathered many of
the incomparable art treasures for which hearst and his agents, the world. >> through the eons, as the great plateau of the far west rose from the sea, the great land cover, the colorado river, gouged the mesa rocks along its ath. she dug great canyons and left in the rims towering thousands of feet above their bed. she became as essential to the great seven state area and from west as the great lakes are to the industrial heartland of america. thomas you gave the bread and life to the west -- while she gave the right and life to the est, she also destroyed. it wasn't until the 20th century that man begins when giant barriers in her path. to make her a servant to his
ill. barriers whose names have changed the face of the land forever. navajo, hoover, and the newest f these monuments to the sweat and skill of men -- the glen canyon dam in arizona. rising over 500 feet from the canyon floor, its generators spin quietly as they pour out energy by the billions of watts into cross-country transmission lines. behind the dam, 186 mile lake, lake powell, is building a water reserve and will provide the west with the newest scenic recreational area in the ation.
>> at 11:00 a.m. on september 22 mrs. johnson formally decking -- formally dedicated the glen jackson dam. >> america is only beginning to discover the natural beauty that is here in our country. we are entering a new era of wide water conservation. i am proud to dedicate such a significant and beautiful man-made resource. i am proud that man is here. the hard-core water empowerment of this dam is well-known. its bonus is the heavenly blue ake that begins here and winds its way through navajo country, toward the labyrinth of the new canyonlands of national ark.
one cannot explore lake powell's agent hundred miles of shoreline in a hurry. but ending explores exploration, like rainbow bridge, full in the rock, canyons hitting, riftwood, and tax. and one that has been shown with many a lovely prospect. i still could not have foreseen the trauma and the witting beauty of lake powell. >> just before 2:00 on the certainty of the tour, mrs. ohnson flew across the great continental divide into the naci
miento mountains of new mexico. the oldest seat of government in >> santa fe's outstanding contributions to the educational and cultural world is each institute of american indian art. here young indian students from all over the united states participate in an accredited high school program in preparation for college, enrollment in technical schools, or employment in an arc ocation. strong emphasis is given to the art collectives, encouraging individual creativity in cultural expression. it is a unique school, recognizing that most of its students come from communities and homes of great property, family breakdown, or social isolation. it's singular aim is to turn out truly creative and well-adjusted young people who can achieve satisfying economic and social
>> new mexico was named for the land of the aztec god. spanish conquerors came from mexico in 1540 two search for physical gold. they found only six small villages of indians. they called them pueblo, the word forsmall village. mrs. johnson visited one of the famous pueblos of new mexico 25 month oils northwest of santa fe. the total membership of the pueblo is close to 300 people. most of whom live on tribal and. they speak any language and cling strongly to the patriarchal family and client relationship. although most of the adults lack a formal education, the universal appreciation of art is most evident in their handmade goods.
>> two famous residents of santa fe, as far as the johnson family is concerned, are mr. and mrs. antonio taylor, mr. and mrs. johnson's brother and sister-in-law. for years they have been telling mrs. johnson of the beauty of the carson national forest, with its golden asked injuries. in the final moment of her western tour, she arranged a
walk through the forest. a walk that would bring to a close call "faces of the west," a tour that might be summed up in the words of thoreau. >> we must be refreshed by the fight of an inexhaustible vigor. the wilderness with its decaying trees. the thundercloud and the rain which lasts three weeks and roduces freshness. we need to witness our own limits transgress, and life astoring freely.
that is grand rapids, the grand river this divides the city. >> there is a good chance most people over the course of any given day be interact with a piece of furniture made in grand rapids. to e are the first city commission an initial work of art from the civic site. >> this weekend we will explore the life of grand rapids, michigan. gordon olson, the author of the
book "thin ice" talks about notable people who grew up in gordon andrus talks about the life of charles hamilton houston. >> people like dr. king and thurgood marshall certainly understood the role of charles hamilton houston. you cannot have a conversation about to civil rights movement in the united states without the inclusion of work of charles houston. >> an american history tv on crmp span 3, a grand rapids resident talks about the letter she wrote to then congressman gerald ford. then we'll visit the grand rapids public museum with alex forest and find out why the city is nicknamed the furniture city. >> a new car pulled up and
stopped in front of the store and this big fellow stepped out of it and stepped into the entry way of the store and paused there for a long time and stared at junior. ford asked him if he could help him. the man looked at him and said you're leslie lynch king jr. and he said no, i'm gerald ford jr. and he said well, you're my son. i'm your father. and i want to take you to lunch. the c-span city's tour of grand rapids, michigan saturday then on c-span 3. >> each week leading to the 2016 election road to the white house rewind brings the coverage of the presidential races. of the first debate