Zion National Park Stamp

US Postage Stamps: 1934

Zion National Park Stamp

The Zion National Park stamp was issued on September 18, 1933.  Part of the ten stamp National Park series that was popular with the public and stamp collectors alike, it displays the Great White Throne, one of the park’s most popular landmarks.  Zion National Park encompasses nearly 230 square miles in Southwestern Utah, and besides the Great White Throne, features many spectacular features such as the famous Zion Canyon and a variety of mesas, buttes, natural stone arches and monoliths.

The first Europeans to visit the area were two Franciscan missionaries who arrived in 1776, but Native Americans occupied the region since 10,000 B.C.  Until the mid 1800s, there was very little exploration of the area, but in 1847 the first group of settlers arrived, a group of Mormon farmers from Salt Lake City.  Settlers continued to arrive over the next fifty years or so, but the region was unknown to most Americans.  An exhibit at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 featured a number of paintings of the area and this was followed by articles and photographs in magazines and books highlighting the unique natural beauty of the region.  Five years later, in 1909, President William Taft designated the area Mukuntoweap National Monument.  This was later changed later to Zion National Park.

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