History of Yellowstone


Carpenter, Frank D.  Adventures in Geyserland, reprinted from The Wonders of Geyserland, edition of 1878 by Frank D. Carpenter.  1935, The Caxton Printers, Ltd.  Long out of print but available through interlibrary loan, this is a firsthand account by the brother of the real-life version of Eliza Byrne of their kidnapping by the Nez Perce. Includes an appendix written by the real-life Eliza years after their adventure.

Everts, Truman, edited by Lee Whittlesey.  Lost in the Yellowstone:  Truman Everts’s Thirty-Seven Days of Peril.  1995, University of Utah Press.  Truman Everts’ real-life experiences lost in the early days of the park were worse than what I put my fictional hero through.

Haines, Aubrey L.  The Yellowstone Story:  A History of Our First
National Park
, revised edition in two volumes. 1977, University Press of Colorado.   The essential history of the park, the one pushed into my hands on my first visit to Yellowstone’s library.

Janetski, Joel C.  Indians in Yellowstone National Park, revised
edition.  2002, The University of Utah Press.  Includes a good
section on the Nez Perce Indians’ flight through the park in 1877.

Reinhart, Karen Wildung and Jeff Henry.  Old Faithful Inn:  Crown Jewel of National Park Lodges.  2004, Roche Jaune Pictures, Inc.  An illustrated history of the most well-known building in the park.

Schullery, Paul.  Yellowstone’s Ski Pioneers:  Peril and Heroism on the Winter Trail.  1995, High Plains Publishing Company.  Gives as good a sense as possible of what the park was like in the wintertime in the days before snowmobiles.

Whittlesey, Lee H.  Yellowstone Place Names.  1988, Montana
Historical Society Press.  Wonderful for its historical photos and
definitions of places you’ve heard of, as well as ones you haven’t.

Whittlesey, Lee. H.  Storytelling in Yellowstone:  Horse and Buggy Tour Guides.  2007, University of New Mexico Press.  The stories of the interpreters of the park who predated the National Park Service
before its creation in 1916.


http://www.nps.gov/yell, the national park service’s own
website, is the place to begin

http://www.nps.gov/yell/historyculture/index.htm is the section of the site devoted to the park’s history and

http://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/park_histories/index.htm#yell is a treasure trove of links to .pdfs of articles about the park’s history

http://www.nps.gov/yell/historyculture/library.htm is the
Heritage and Resource Center, including Yellowstone’s library.

http://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/yell/administrative_development.pdf is an administrative history of the park.  Note that this is a huge (almost 23MB) .pdf file.

http://alabamamaps.ua.edu/historicalmaps/us_states/wyoming/index.html is a collection of
historical maps of the park, as well as other parts of Wyoming.

http://www.wyomingtalesandtrails.com/yellowstone.html is a very large collection of historic photos of the park.

http://geyserbob.org/ is Geyser Bob’s website.  This longtime
employee/resident of in and near the park has reopened his
extensive site to the public again.  He covers the concessionaire
history of the park, with many interesting and little known
stories included.