June 20, 2019— On Thursday, May 30, after Woody Smeck, superintendent of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, concluded his interview with 3R News, the parks’ boss took some time to share “Woody’s Wall.” The wall is a collection of 15 historic photos mounted in the superintendent’s office at Ash Mountain that tell the remarkable story of the early years of America’s second oldest national park.
In Part 1, Woody reveals some little known details about the first Ash Mountain entrance station and Colony Mill Road. When he mentions Christy, he is referring to Christy Brigham, chief of resources and acting superintendent while Smeck is serving a temporary superintendent’s assignment this summer at Grand Canyon National Park). Woody also reveals in this segment terms of the current concessions contract and plans to increase the number of beds at Wuksachi Village.
In Part 2, Superintendent Smeck recounts the historic visit of the Mather Party in 1915 and the role this played in creating the National Park Service one year later. There is also a harrowing view of building of the steps on Moro Rock in the 1930s and an unforgettable perspective of Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states at 14,505 feet.
This rare glimpse into the office of the park superintendent is stocked with can’t-miss views of Sequoia National Park and its colorful history.