history of yellowstone

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Yellowstone history presentation in Cooke City on July 12

I love Montana’s many small museums and it looks like I’ll get to preview a brand new one next week in Cooke City, at the northeastern edge of Yellowstone National Park. I’ll be presenting my Humanities Montana Program, “Sidesaddles and Geysers,” on Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Joe’s Campfire next to the Cooke City Community Center. Joe’s Campfire is part of the new Cooke City Museum and honors a park ranger who used to lecture there on nature and history. I’m thrilled to be carrying on Joe’s legacy. Continue Reading →

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U.S. Army played critical early role in history of Yellowstone

The U.S. Army regulars in Yellowstone were generally a coarse bunch, trained on the western plains. At a monthly salary of $13, they were motivated less by pay than by “the tug of adventure.” They established the protective cover the park needed at the time to maintain its integrity as a preserve for nature and a playground for the public. Continue Reading →

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