Heading Out: A History of American Camping by TERENCE YOUNGHeading Out: A History of American Camping by TERENCE YOUNG

Heading Out: A History of American Camping


Hardcover | June 6, 2017

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Who are the real campers? Through-hiking backpackers traversing the Appalachian Trail? The family in an SUV making a tour of national parks and sleeping in tents at campgrounds? People committed to the RV lifestyle who move their homes from state to state as season and whim dictate? Terence Young would say: all of the above. Camping is one of the country's most popular pastimes—tens of millions of Americans go camping every year. Whether on foot, on horseback, or in RVs, campers have been enjoying themselves for well more than a century, during which time camping’s appeal has shifted and evolved. In Heading Out, Young takes readers into nature and explores with them the history of camping in the United States.Young shows how camping progressed from an impulse among city-dwellers to seek temporary retreat from their exhausting everyday surroundings to a form of recreation so popular that an industry grew up around it to provide an endless supply of ever-lighter and more convenient gear. Young humanizes camping’s history by spotlighting key figures in its development and a sampling of the campers and the variety of their excursions. Readers will meet William H. H. Murray, who launched a craze for camping in 1869; Mary Bedell, who car camped around America for 12,000 miles in 1922; William Trent Jr., who struggled to end racial segregation in national park campgrounds before World War II; and Carolyn Patterson, who worked with the U.S. Department of State in the 1960s and 1970s to introduce foreign service personnel to the "real" America through trailer camping. These and many additional characters give readers a reason to don a headlamp, pull up a chair beside the campfire, and discover the invigorating and refreshing history of sleeping under the stars.

Terence Young is Professor of Geography at California State Polytechnic University. He is the author of Building San Francisco's Parks, 1850–1930 and coeditor of The Theme Park Landscapes: Antecedents and Variations.
Title:Heading Out: A History of American CampingFormat:HardcoverDimensions:382 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.24 inPublished:June 6, 2017Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801454026

ISBN - 13:9780801454028


Table of Contents

Introduction: Roughing It Smoothly1. Adventures in the Wilderness: William H. H. Murray and the Beginning of Recreational Camping2. The Art of Camping: Roughing It during the Decades before Automobiles3. Let's Hit the Motor-Camping Trail: The Automobile Transforms Camping4. The Garage in the Forest: E. P. Meinecke and the Development of the Modern Auto Campground5. Liberalizing the Campground: W. J. Trent Jr. and the Struggle against National Park Segregation6. A Clearer Picture of This Country: Trailer Camping to Discover America7. A Renewal of Our Faith and Ideals: The Development of Backpacking and Long-Distance TrailsEpilogue: The Decline and Promise of American Camping

Editorial Reviews

"From William 'Adirondack' Murray to automobile camping to national parks to RVs, Heading Out provides an engaging overview of the American infatuation with camping. Anyone who has ever pitched a tent or hooked up the family Winnebago will enjoy Terence Young's book."

- Thomas A. Chambers, Niagara University, author of Memories of War: Visiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic