Travel Collections: Stephen Mather Plaques


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Stephen Tyng Mather (1867 - 1930) was the first director of the National Park Service and very involved in establishing many of the national parks we love. In 2021, we discovered that there were more plaques honoring him than just the one we always see at the Grand Canyon so we decided to start collecting photos of all of them. Unfortunately, we had missed many in our previous travels, so we have some catching up to do. Read more about the history and locations of the plaque at this excellent site: http://npshistory.com/publications/mather-plaques/

The very last line of the plaque really resonates with us: "There will never come an end to the good that he has done."


Visited


Assateague Island National Seashore

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

Big Cypress National Preserve

Camp Mather

Casa Grande National Monument

Colorado National Monument

Death Valley National Park

Everglades National Park

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site

Golden Spike National Historical Park

Grand Canyon National Park (North Rim)

Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim)

Grand Teton National Park

Great Basin National Park

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

Independence National Historic Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Mount Rainier National Park (Tipsoo Lake)

Petersburg National Battlefield

Petrified Forest National Park

Pipe Spring National Monument

Saguaro National Park

Sequoia National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

UC Berkeley Mather Grove

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Yellowstone National Park

Yosemite National Park

Not Yet Visited

We've been to most of these places but either weren't collecting plaques or didn't know they were there yet. We have a lot of repeating to do!

  • Acadia National Park
  • Allegheny Portage National Historic Site
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Chamizal National Memorial
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Denali National Park
  • Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Guadalupe National Park
  • Haleakala National Park
  • Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  • Hot Springs National Park
  • Indiana Dunes National Park
  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Mather High School
  • Mount Rainier National Park - Longmire
  • National Park Service Headquarters
  • New York-New Jersey Interstate Park
  • NPS Rocky Mtn Regional Office
  • Old National ParkS Region III Building
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Virgin Islands National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park

 

Visited But No Plaque Seen

Location Notes

Kings Canyon National Park
Kings Canyon National Park's plaque has been in storage for decades but the stone that used to contain it is still there and the indentation for the plaque is still visible.

Redwood National Park
Redwood National Park's plaque is currently in storage waiting to be placed at a new visitor center which was due to be built already. The staff here told us that it has been postponed indefinitely.

Walnut Canyon National Monument
Apparently Walnut Canyon National Monument isn't open at 6:00 AM. Maybe next time.

Zion National Park
The Human History Museum in Zion National Park was under construction so we were not allowed to get close to the building where the plaque is displayed.

Other Mather Stuff


Mather Point, Grand Canyon NP

Mather Memorial Parkway, Mt. Rainier NP

Mather Overlook, Great Basin NP

Mather Drive, Sequoia NP
   

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