Yellowstone and the Great West: Journals, Letters, and Images from the 1871 Hayden Expedition

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Marlene Deahl Merrill
U of Nebraska Press, Sep 1, 2003 - History - 315 pages
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Here, for the first time in paperback, is a fascinating daily record of Ferdinand Hayden?s historic 1871 scientific expedition through Utah, Idaho, and Montana Territories to the Yellowstone Basin. The expedition?s findings quickly led Congress to establish Yellowstone as the world?s first national park. In addition to its scientific discoveries, the expedition is famous for producing the earliest on-site images of Yellowstone, by its photographer, William Henry Jackson, and its guest artist, Thomas Moran. Marlene Deahl Merrill has woven together a compelling daily narrative from the field writings of three expedition members: unpublished journals kept by mineralogist Albert Peale and geologist George Allen, periodic reports by Peale to his hometown newspaper, and letters from Hayden to his friend and mentor Spencer Baird at the Smithsonian Institution. Enriching this narrative are Jackson?s photographs of camp scenes and landscapes; rare panoramic drawings by the party?s topographical artist, Henry Elliott; maps; an introduction; and extensive annotations.
  

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Contents

Editorial Method
1
The Diarists
24
Yellowstone Survey Members
31
George Allens Journal
37
Salt Lake City and Ogden
53
Idaho and Montana Territories
72
George Allens and Albert Peales Journals
93
Albert Peales Journal
112
Bannock Family
189
Survey Camp at Fort Hall on Return Trip
195
Tentmates at Fort Hall Camp
196
Camp at Three Springs
197
Hoopers Spring at Soda Springs
199
Afterword
203
List of Abbreviations
212
Peales Journal May 21 to July 31871
223

From Fort Ellis to Bottlers Ranch and Mammoth Hot Springs
132
The Geyser Basins
143
From Base Camp at West Thumb
155
Pelican Valley Baronetts Bridge Bottlers Ranch and Fort Ellis
168
To the Jefferson Valley the Beaverhead Fort Hall and Salt Lake City
183
Beaver Head Rock
185
George Allens Report to Cyrus Thomas
229
Notes
235
Glossary of Geological Terms and Fossil Shells
283
References
289
Index
301
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About the author (2003)

Marlene Deahl Merrill is a documentary editor, historian, and affiliate scholar at Oberlin College. She is the coeditor of Growing up in Boston?s Gilded Age: The Journal of Alice Stone Blackwell, 1872?1874.

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