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From Scratch… to Scratched-Out: An Alternative History of Kampgrounds of America
Martin Hogue
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From a single campground in 1962 to 829 nationwide by 1979, Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA’s) propulsive growth signaled a significant but temporary spike in camping culture. By the mid-1960s this privately owned chain of campgrounds had already surpassed the National Park Service in the number of individual campsites it offered to prospective visitors.

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