The Discovery of Yellowstone Park: Journal of the Washburn Expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers in the Year 1870

The Discovery of Yellowstone Park: Journal of the Washburn Expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers in the Year 1870

The Discovery of Yellowstone Park: Journal of the Washburn Expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers in the Year 1870

The Discovery of Yellowstone Park: Journal of the Washburn Expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers in the Year 1870

Synopsis

This Bison Books edition of Nathaniel P. Langford's journal brings back into print one of the principal sources of information on the exploration of the Yellowstone region and its establishment as America's first national park.

Excerpt

Five years after the turn of the century a man whose quiet dignity belied his active life began the writing of a manuscript covering an important exploration he had taken part in some thirty-five years earlier. the man was Nathaniel Pitt Langford, one of the band of explorers who made up the Washburn Expedition of 1870 into the fabulous Yellowstone region, and the account he wrote in the modest brick house on the corner of Sherman and Exchange streets in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, has stood through the years as the principal record of that early visit to the American wonderland.

As first published by Frank Jay Haynes in 1905, this book had two titles. It was called The Discovery of Yellowstone Park, 1870, on the front cover, and within, it was titled Diary of the Washburn Expedition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers in the Year 1870. However, both titles were inaccurate, for Langford recorded definitive exploration, not discovery, presenting it in a form which is essentially a reminiscent account drawn from diary and other sources. Thus, it now appears better to emphasize the corporate nature of his work by employing the second form, slightly altered, as the subtitle, which is used here as Journal of the Washburn Expe dition to the Yellowstone and Firehole Rivers in the Year 1870 . . .

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