Storytelling in Yellowstone: Horse and Buggy Tour Guides

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UNM Press, 2007 - History - 377 pages
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Long before snowmobiles, paved roads, and SUVs were introduced into Yellowstone National Park, a myriad of companies offered buggy and stage rides through the Park, with their drivers telling stories to their passengers. Some of these stories had no basis in fact, especially those attributed to "Indian legends," but others came from the early trappers and fur traders and were as informational as they were entertaining.

Lee Whittlesey, Yellowstone National Park historian, has devoted years of research to these pre-1920 stories told by the Park's "tour guides," or interpreters. He includes the campfire stories of the traders and trappers, Yellowstone as it was portrayed in early photos and movies, the first group of Yellowstone guidebooks written, and the "fool tenderfoot questions" posed by the late nineteenth-century tourists. Whittlesey devotes chapters to the first two National Park interpreters, Philetus "Windy" Norris and G. L. Henderson. Each had his own style of delivery and each awed his respective tour groups. And, finally, there are the stagecoach drivers who chauffeured the public over Yellowstone's dirt roads and engaged their passengers with tales of the great Geyserland.

Today's National Park Service has taken over the duties of the "horse and buggy tour guides" but private and concessioner tour guides also share Yellowstone National Park's many stories.

All author proceeds from this book are being donated to the National Park Service.

  

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Contents

Freeman Tilden Dean of National Park Service Interpreters
7
chapter
11
chapter
23
Fur trapper Baptiste Ducharme
27
chapter three
33
Henry Bird Calfee and his family about 1880
42
Joshua Crissman 18331922
49
Thomas Moran 18371926
53
Photographer H B Calfees store at Upper Geyser Basin
103
P W Norris Yellowstones second superintendent about 1880
108
Devils Thumb
113
George L Henderson about 1895
120
At Liberty Cap G L Henderson shakes hands with a member of the William McClintock party of Ohio circa 1888
150
YPT Company stagecoach and driver loading or unloading passengers at Mammoths National Hotel
205
Stage driver Billy McCallister
210
Stage driver Tom Casey 1914
211

chapter four
55
Broadside sheet published by William I Marshall 1879
58
E Burton Holmes lecturer and world traveler
65
Flyer for lecturer Howard Hayss Touring Talk on Yellowstone 1910
69
CHAPTER FIVE
73
Title page for Harry Nortons Wonderland Illustrated 1873
75
First page of G L Hendersons Yellowstone Park Manual and Guide 1885
77
Cover of W C Rileys Worlds Wonderland 1889
78
CHAPTER
81
Rules and Regulations of the Yellowstone National Park
82
Nameplate sign at Giantess Geyser
83
One of Chittendens wayside exhibit signs
91
George Rea no date hunter from eastern Idaho
93
Dr A C Peale mineralogist and one of Yellowstones earliest geyser enthusiasts
97
Arnold Hague 18401917 geologist and one of Yellowstones most important early geyser enthusiasts 1896
99
Porter at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel about 1905
216
Wylie Camping Company tent camp at Swan Lake Flats
219
Various editions of Charles Van Tassells Truthful Lies I
221
Shaw and Powell stagecoaches at Gardiner Montana
223
Concessioner walking guide Rexford Sheild in uniform holds his megaphone at the Minute Geyser loading platform
231
Concessioner walking guide Rexford Sheild prepares to address his visitors at Minute Geyser Norris Geyser Basin
233
Hotel porters at Old Faithful Inn summer of 1912
234
A F Uncle Tom Richardson
240
Fountain Hotel 18911916 Lower Geyser Basin
242
U S Army soldier talks to a visitor about Giant Geyser
246
YPT Company bus driver Boogs Chenard about 1927
259
A YP Company uniformed tour guide about 1973
262
Ofcj
267
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About the author (2007)

Lee H. Whittlesey is the historian for Yellowstone National Park and the author or editor of numerous books including Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park; Myth and History in the Creation of Yellowstone National Park; and A Yellowstone Album: a Photographic Celebration of the First National Park.

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