Yellowstone National Park, a global icon of conservation and natural beauty, was born at the most improbable of times: the American Gilded Age, when altruism seemed extinct and society’s vision seemed focused solely on greed and growth. Perhaps that is why the park’s creation myth” recounted how a few saintlike pioneer conservationists labored to set aside this unique wilderness against all odds, when in fact, the establishment of Yellowstone was the result of complex social, scientific, economic, and aesthetic forces. Paul Schullery and Lee Whittlesey, both longtime students of Yellowstone’s complex history, present the first full account of how the fairy-tale origins of the park found universal public acceptance, and of the long process by which the myth was reconsidered and replaced with a more realistic and ultimately more satisfying story.
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About the Author
Paul Schullery is the author of many books on the American West, including Searching for Yellowstone and Old Yellowstone Days. He wrote and narrated the PBS film Yellowstone: America’s Sacred Wilderness and is currently scholar-in-residence at Montana State University Library.
Lee Whittlesey is park historian for the National Park Service at Yellowstone National Park. He is the author of several books, most recently Ho! for Wonderland: Travelers’ Accounts of Yellowstone, 18721914 and A Yellowstone Album: A Photographic Celebration of the First National Park.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
1. In Camp That Night
2. A Rather Unusual Discussion
3. On the Documentary Trail from Madison Junction
4. Coming to Terms with Nathaniel Langford
5. Altruists and Realists
6. Spreading the Word
7. The Debate
8. It Came Out All Right!
9. Leaving It All Behind
10. Myth and Responsibility
Conclusion: Campfire Lessons
Appendix: Known and Reported Accounts of the Washburn Expedition