July 2006

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Rainbow Bridge Featured On Stamp

SALT LAKE CITY – They pay homage to the tallest, largest, fastest, loudest,
longest, oldest and hottest that America has to offer — and the Southwest is well

Southern Utah’s Rainbow Bridge, the world’s largest natural bridge at 290
feet high and spanning 275 feet, is one of 40 new postage stamps titled "Wonders of America," which depict the most remarkable places, structures, plants and animals in America. Stamp subjects range from the loudest animal, to the oldest trees, to the deepest lake. The stamps debuted May 27 at post offices nationwide.

"Standing at the foot of Rainbow Bridge is an experience like no other, and
simply getting to this remote national park site – whether it is boating across Lake Powell or hiking in – is all part of the adventure," said Kitty Roberts, National Park Service superintendent of Rainbow Bridge National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. 

"We are delighted that the U.S. Postal Service is once again highlighting America’s national parks on postage stamps."

Other Southwest-related "Wonder" stamps include Largest Desert: Great Basin;
Largest Mountain Chain: Rocky Mountains, and Largest Plant: Quaking Aspen. The Wonders of America Stamps can be viewed at USPS.com by clicking on "stamp preview."

"Through postage stamps, the nation continues to discover the many wonders
of [the Southwest]," said USPS District Manager Ken McArthur. "Two months ago it was Bryce Canyon; now it’s Rainbow Bridge."

On the front of each stamp, in large letters, are words that describe the
superlative nature of a particular place or thing. Smaller type gives the name or location of the featured wonder. Text on the back of each stamp provides relevant statistics and other interesting information.

The text for the Rainbow Bridge reads: "The world’s largest natural bridge,
Rainbow Bridge is in southern Utah. It is 275 feet across and 290 feet tall. This sandstone wonder holds spiritual significance for various American Indian groups and was designated a national monument in 1910 by President Taft."

Rainbow Bridge National Monument was created by President Taft using the
Antiquities Act.  Passed by Congress in 1906, this law is a hallmark of American conservation and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Many of the most famous national parks, such as Grand Canyon and Zion, were
first established using the Antiquities Act.  Today, Rainbow Bridge receives 100,000 annual visitors, most of whom arrive by boat from Lake Powell, a part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Wonders of America stamps, and stamp-related products, such as First Day
covers, Digital Color Postmarks, post cards, and posters, will be available, while supplies last, at postal stores, online at USPS.com/shop, and by phone at 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724).


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