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Historical Archaeology

, Volume 47, Issue 3, pp 81–96 | Cite as

From Nuisance to Nostalgia: The Historical Archaeology of Nature Tourism in Southern California, 1890–1940

  • Stacey Lynn Camp
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Abstract

Between the comparatively brief period of 1890 to 1940, Southern California tourism resorts and tourists visiting the region exhibited conflicting feelings toward the region’s wildlife and natural resources. On the one hand, from 1910 to 1930, nature was seen by some Americans as a popular attraction, yet, on the other, some capitalists perceived it as an impediment to the industrialization and imperial expansion efforts underway in the western United States. Drawing upon historical and archaeological data from railway workers employed at one of the most popular tourist attractions in turn-of-the-century Southern California, this article shows the changing meanings and uses of the tourist landscape. At the same time I develop a case for the development of an historical archaeology of tourism.

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  • Stacey Lynn Camp
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyUniversity of IdahoMoscowUSA

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