Emerson retires from national park

Shenandoah NP entrance

January 23, 1986 — Keith Emerson of Luray, the first permanent sign maker in the National Park Service, retired Jan. 3 after 30 years with Shenandoah National Park.

Emerson, 61, spent the last 22 years of his career as the Park’s maintenance supervisor.

Emerson plans to spend his leisure time traveling, camping and fishing. He’ll also use his job skills, tending to family homes in Luray and Fredericksburg.

“I still have a lot of maintenance work to do,” he said. 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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