Silver (highest honor): Documentary for Television, Use of Music and Cinematography
Bronze: Copywriting/Scriptwriting

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“Paving the Way” is a fascinating glimpse into the formative years of the National Park Service, the personalities of its early administrators and advocates, and an understanding the Service’s strong emphasis on recreational tourism. So many current national park controversies have their roots in the Service’s dual mandate of balancing nature preservation with making the parks accessible to tourists.

This film provides insight into how dependent the fledgling Park Service was on the support of the automobile-touring public and those organizations that promoted early auto travel to the parks. Through crisp narration and historical photographs and film footage, “Paving the Way” weaves together the stories of the many forces involved in building and promoting the Park-to-Park Highway joining the western “crown jewel” national parks and in formulating and promoting the mission of the National Park Service itself.

– JUDITH MEYER, author,
The Spirit of Yellowstone

“‘Paving the Way’ recounts a fascinating but largely forgotten story from the beginning years of modern tourism. The saga of how automobile tourism first came to the national parks reminds us of how our culture evolves over time. Brandon Wade and his team have done a great job of bringing this narrative to life.”

Historian and Activist

“For the past 25 years, the wonder of public television has been the magisterial storytelling of Ken Burns. The work of Brandon Wade offers an exceptional complement, and even Mr. Burns would be pleased to say so. In Paving the Way, Brandon Wade has added a new originality to our understanding of the American land.

By hitting the road Americans could finally see for themselves why the national parks were worth preserving. John Muir could not do it all. Paving the Way is a timely reminder that it requires visitors to save the parks. Whether you agree that the automobile is their future, its story here rings deep and true.”

– ALFRED RUNTE, author,
National Parks: The American Experience

“The viewer is treated to a cake with many layers and allowed to savor each piece of the story in a variety of forms in narrative, visual, and story form–through the old movie clips, Lucier dedication tour photos, modern views, and the small stories nestled within each section–giving us, the viewers, a definite sense of being there.”

– JANE WHITELEY, author,
The Playground Trail Reviews:

Vendor: – Excellent service as usual. 5 Stars.
Product: This is a detailed history of the road system that circled the National Parks of our west. Said to be the longest road at the time in the United States, it was designed to allow travel to the parks via personal autos, something that was new at a time when railroads provided most of the transport in the Western States.
It takes place in the mid 1920’s and if you are an antique car lover, a national park lover and/or a history lover this is a DVD you will want.
Very well done using film made on the original trip in the 1920’s, this PBS DVD is a keeper.


what a treat! i saw this ages ago on PBS and with yesterday being the 100 anniversary of the NPS i just had to look it up again. in conjunction with the KEn Burns Miniseries, these are my favorite documentaries on the national park history. and this one is signed by the director, what a fantastoc find!


This is for friends of the Park Service who enjoy history. Excellent photography for 90 years ago.

This video made up mostly of old movies from the 1920s of ancient cars travelling to all the park systems venues is absolutely wonderful. I have already shared it with my fellow car club members.