Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9781935195238 Published June 2012

American Tourism

Constructing a National Tradition

Edited by J. Mark Souther and Nicholas Dagen Bloom

American Tourism

Edited by J. Mark Souther and Nicholas Dagen Bloom

Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press

325 pages | 74 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Cloth $39.95 ISBN: 9781935195238 Published June 2012

American Tourism reveals the remarkable stories behind the places Americans love to visit. From Independence Hall to Las Vegas, and from Silver Springs to Seattle’s Pike Place Market, the collection pulls back the curtain on many of America’s most successful tourist attractions to reveal the carefully hidden transformations that turn places into destinations. Readers will discover that a powerful creative process, rather than chance, has separated the enduring attractions from the many failures that litter the highways and byways of tourism history. 
Written by leading academic and public historians, writers, and tourism professionals, the thirty-five lively, illustrated essays that comprise this volume illuminate the visionaries who created such iconic destinations and the business models that sustained them. Covering issues of design, culture, and impact, American Tourism will appeal to scholars, tourism professionals, and armchair travellers alike.


The Adirondacks, New York
      Hallie E. Bond
Aspen, Colorado
      E. Duke Richey
Atlantic City, New Jersey
      Bryant Simon
Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee
      Robert Russell
Chautauqua, New York
      Andrew C. Rieser
Chinatown, San Francisco, California
      Raymond W. Rast
Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia
      Anders Greenspan
Cooperstown, New York
      William S. Walker
Disneyland, Anaheim, California
      J. Philip Gruen
El Camino Real, California
      Phoebe S. K. Young
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, Massachusetts
      Nicholas Dagen Bloom
French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana
      J. Mark Souther
Gateway Arch, St. Louis, Missouri
      Andrew Hurley
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
      C. Brenden Martin
Grand Canyon, Arizona
      Lincoln Bramwell
Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois
      Timothy J. Gilfoyle
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
      James Tuten
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
      Ken Breisch
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Charlene Mires
Las Vegas, Nevada
      Eugene P. Moehring
Mackinac Island, Michigan
      Steve Brisson
Miami Beach, Florida
      Robin F. Bachin and James F. Donnelly
Naples, Florida
      Aaron Cowan
New Glarus, Wisconsin
      Steven Hoelscher
New York, New York
      Art M. Blake
Olvera Street, Los Angeles, California
      Lynn C. Kronzek
Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington
      Judy Mattivi Morley
River Walk, San Antonio, Texas
      Char Miller
San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California
      Kyle Ciani
Santa Fe, New Mexico
      Jay M. Price
Silver Springs, Ocala, Florida
      Tom Berson
South of the Border, Dillon, South Carolina
      Meeghan Kane
Tombstone, Arizona
      Kevin Britz
Venice, Los Angeles, California
      J. Philip Gruen
Wall Drug, Wall, South Dakota
      Troy Henderson

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