Yellowstone Travel Diary, 1932-1935  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Yellowstone Travel Diary
Dates
1932-1935
Quantity
1 item
Collection Number
Collection 2492, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Yellowstone Travel Diary details the vacation tour by railroad of a unknown woman and her husband to Glacier National Park through Chicago, North Dakota and Shelby Montana in 1932. Descriptions include hikes, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls, boat rides, Blackfeet performances, ranger lectures, hotel accommodations, Park Ranger information on the geysers and other lecture facts, the feeding of bears at the hotel dumps, feeding "tame" bears at the hotel, hikes at the waterfalls and the types of scenery on the roads emphasis on the special features, scenic views, the weather, housing, and meals. Locations include St. Mary's Lake, Going to the Sun Highway and Chalet, Josephine Lake, Grinell Glacier, Mt. Altyn, Many Glacier Hotel Mammoth Hot Springs, geyser fields, Old Faithful Lodge Mount Washburn, the Lower and Upper Falls of the Yellowstone at Canyon Lodge Pikes Peak, the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles and Hollywood homes and studios, Catalina Island, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Crater Lake, Klamath Falls, Portland and Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Rainier, Seattle, the Butchart Gardens, Vancouver BC, the Fraser River Valley and Canyon, Yoho National Park and Lake Louise, and Banff National Park.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The diary was written by a woman who took a two-week luxury train tour with her husband from their home near Philadelphia, PA through Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park in August 1932. Also present is an account of a three-week 1935 train tour of the Southwest, Pacific Coast and Western Canada.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

On August 13, 1932 the couple left on a railroad vacation tour to Glacier National Park through Chicago, North Dakota and Shelby Montana arriving at Glacier on the 16th. They toured the park until August 20 when they left for Yellowstone Park. During their tour of Glacier, she describes several hikes, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls, boat rides, Blackfeet performances, ranger lectures and the accommodations of the large hotels of their stay. Among the sights they visited were St. Mary's Lake, Going to the Sun Highway and Chalet, Josephine Lake, Grinell Glacier, and Mt. Altyn at the Many Glacier Hotel.

On August 22 they arrived at the Gardiner Entrance to Yellowstone Park. The visit including the Mammoth Hot Springs and geyser fields going to Old Faithful Lodge. Visits to Mount Washburn, the Lower and Upper Falls of the Yellowstone at Canyon Lodge are described. Her accounts of the tour include Park Ranger information on the geysers and other lecture facts, the feeding of bears at the hotel dumps, feeding "tame" bears at the hotel, hikes at the waterfalls and the types of scenery on the roads. She does not discuss other tour guests or many other animals but concentrates more emphasis on the special features, scenic views, the weather and travel accommodations. On August 26, they left the Park over the Cody Road and she described the Shoshone Canyon and Lake, the Hoodoo and beautiful scenery. After an overnight stay at Cody they boarded the train and arrived home on August 29.

The second account in the diary is of a three-week train tour from August 9 through 29, 1935 traveling to the Southwest, Pacific Coast and Canadian West. As before she concentrates on special attractions, their housing and meals without reference to personalities. This trip included Pikes Peak, the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles and Hollywood homes and studios, Catalina Island, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Crater Lake, Klamath Falls, Portland and Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Rainier, Seattle, the Butchart Gardens, Vancouver BC, the Fraser River Valley and Canyon, Yoho National Park and Lake Louise in the Banff National Park before heading home on August 29 reentering the U.S. at Portal, North Dakota where the account ends.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Railroad travel-Canada, Western
  • Railroad travel-United States
  • Women travelers-Canada, Western-Diaries
  • Women travelers-Montana-Glacier National Park-Diaries
  • Women travelers-Pacific Coast (U.S.)-Diaries
  • Women travelers-Southwest, New-Diaries
  • Women travelers-Yellowstone National Park-Diaries
  • Geographical Names :
  • Canada, Western-Description and travel
  • Glacier National Park (Mont.)
  • Pacific Coast (U.S.)-Description and travel
  • Southwest, New-Description and travel
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries