Diary of the Washburn expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole rivers in the year 1870

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J. E. Haynes, 1905 - Firehole River (Wyo.) - 122 pages
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Page 118 - Mr. Hedges then said that he did not approve of any of these plans; that there ought to be no private ownership of any portion of that region, but that the whole of it ought to be set apart as a great national park, and that each one of us ought to make an effort to have this accomplished.
Page 118 - I lay awake half of last night thinking about it; — and if my wakefulness deprived my bed-fellow (Hedges) of any sleep, he has only himself and his disturbing National Park proposition to answer for it. Our purpose to create a park can only be accomplished by untiring work and concerted action in a warfare against the incredulity and unbelief of our National legislators when our proposal shall be presented for their approval. Nevertheless, I believe we can win the battle.
Page 118 - I do not know of any portion of our country where a national park can be established, furnishing to visitors more wonderful attractions than here. These wonders are so different from anything we have ever seen — they are so various, so extensive — that the feeling in my mind from the moment they began to appear until we left them has been one of intense surprise and of incredulity.
Page 112 - ... and fluttering hither and thither, and disappearing only to be succeeded by others, again and again, amid the aqueous column, while the minute globules into which the spent jets were diffused when falling sparkled like a shower of diamonds, and around every shadow which the denser clouds of...
Page iv - Gulch. He told me in Virginia City, Montana, at that time, of the existence of hot, spouting springs in the vicinity of the source of the Yellowstone and Madison rivers, and said that he had seen a column of water as large as his body, spout as high as the flagpole in Virginia City, which was about sixty feet high.
Page 112 - ... the apex of this vast aqueous mass, five or six lesser jets or round columns of water, varying in size from six to fifteen inches in diameter, were projected to the marvellous height of two hundred and fifty feet.
Page 32 - The stillness is horrible, and the solemn grandeur of the scene surpasses conception. You feel the absence of sound — the oppression of absolute silence. Down, down, down, you see the river attenuated to a thread. If you could only hear that gurgling river, lashing with puny strength the massive walls that imprison it and hold it In their dismal shadow, if you could but see a living thing in the depth beneath you, if a bird would but fly past you, if the wind would move any object in that awful...
Page 61 - He soon found that he had undertaken a tremendous task ; but the pride of man is never more obstinate than when climbing mountains.
Page 118 - ... of any portion of that region, but that the whole of it ought to be set apart as a great National Park, and that each one of us ought to make an effort to have this accomplished. His suggestion met with an instantaneous and favorable response from all — except one— of the members of our party, and each hour since the matter was first broached, our enthusiasm has increased.
Page 59 - It was my original desire to go from the head of Wind river to the head of the Yellowstone, keeping on the Atlantic slope, thence down the Yellowstone, passing the lake ,and across by the Gallatin to the Three forks of the Missouri Bridger said, at the outset, that this would be impossible, and that it would be necessary to pass over to the head waters of the Columbia, and back again to the Yellowstone.

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