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Rediscovering Wonderland: The Expedition That Launched Yellowstone National Park

Rediscovering Wonderland: The Expedition That Launched Yellowstone National Park

by M. Mark Miller
Rediscovering Wonderland: The Expedition That Launched Yellowstone National Park

Rediscovering Wonderland: The Expedition That Launched Yellowstone National Park

by M. Mark Miller

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Overview

In the nineteenth century people could gain fame and fortune by “discovering” and documenting things that were already known to exist like the source of the Nile and the North Pole. For decades trappers and prospectors had told about the wonders of the area that became Yellowstone Park, but no credible person had written about the falls, canyons, and geysers there. An ambitious politician, Nathaniel P. Langford, decided to make his name by promoting an expedition and publicizing its activities in 1870. An army lieutenant named Gustavus Doane maneuvered to lead the expedition’s army escort for the same reason. Their written accounts of the big “discovery” of Wonderland were the basis for the park’s founding in 1872. Rediscovering Wonderland brings together the words of these men, along with images of the expedition, to provide historical context for the exploration and founding of America’s first national park.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493060740
Publisher: TwoDot
Publication date: 02/01/2022
Pages: 182
Sales rank: 1,106,525
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

M. Mark Miller is a fifth-generation Montanan who grew up on a cattle ranch in southwest Montana about 90 miles from Yellowstone Park. His interest in Yellowstone history began when he was a small boy listening to his grandmother’s trips there in 1909 and her father and grandfather’s trip there in 1882.

Table of Contents

Map vi

Preface vii

Chapter 1 Mountain Men Get No Respect 1

Chapter 2 Recruiting Good Men 15

Chapter 3 Into the Wilderness 31

Chapter 4 Falls and Canyons 45

Chapter 5 Everts Gets Lost 59

Chapter 6 Everts's Ordeal 71

Chapter 7 Searching for Everts 85

Chapter 8 Geyserland and Home 97

Chapter 9 Persuading the World 111

Chapter 10 Superintendent Langford 123

Chapter 11 Fame and Obscurity 139

Notes 147

References 157

Index 161

About the Author 168

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