Joseph Carithers


John R. Moore

Biographical Synopsis of Interviewee

Superintendent of Big Ben National Park, 1971-1977, founder of Arizona State Park System, lifelong conservationist.

Summary of Interview

Part of Big Bend National Park Oral History Project; explains personal interest in conservation; details physical conditions of park, employee morale, and criminal activities present in Big Bend upon becoming superintendent; tells anecdote about collision of Lady Bird Johnson's airplane with an antelope; discusses ecology of park; offers perspectives on overgrazing and ecological restoration; creation of Big Bend wilderness areas; relations between Mexican citizens and government officials.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

2 hours and 45 minutes

Tape Number

No. 851

Transcript Number

No. 851

Length of Transcript

97 pages

Interview Number

No. 851

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