Stewart Udall Visits Evansville by Pat Sides

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In this photo, which was autographed by Stewart Udall, the nation’s Secretary of the Interior is greeted by several women when he arrived at Evansville’s airport on July 10, 1962. Udall took a motor trip through southwestern Indiana, ending up at the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial, where he attended the dedication ceremony for the historic site.

A passionate lover of the outdoors and former U. S. Representative from Arizona, Udall favored the conversion of strip mines in Warrick County to a national park, as well as the creation of a scenic parkway along the Ohio River. The national park system expanded greatly under his tenure (1961-1969), when four national parks, six national monuments, and twenty national historic sites were added.

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