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J. Adrian Parsons Letter, 1891 December 8
Overview of the Collection
- Parsons, J. Adrian
- J. Adrian Parsons Letter
- 1891 December 81891120818911208
- 1 item
- Collection Number
- Collection 2389, MtBC, us (collection)
- The J. Adrian Parsons Letter consists of a letter written to Parsons' mother describing his journey on a horseback tour through Yellowstone National Park the countryside in 1891. Parsons letter offers describes the wildlife, camp sites, and some information of other travelers he had encountered.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research.
- Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities
Historical NoteReturn to Top
J. Adrian Parsons was a native of Maine who was raised in Norwich, Connecticut. Sometime in the late 1880s he traveled to Montana where he worked on a sheep ranch near Melville (Sweet Grass County).
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
On August 25, 1891, Parsons, in company with two other men identified as "George" and "Pat" embarked on a horseback tour through Yellowstone National Park. The party went through Big Timber to Livingston, and then followed the Yellowstone River to Gardiner. Hiring a wagon, team, and camping supplies at Gardiner, the men then traveled south into the Park at Mammoth, touring such places as the Mud Volcano, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, and the lower Geyser Basin before returning by the same route. Parsons wrote this letter home to his mother months after he had completed the trip, giving a detailed description of the countryside, wildlife, camp sites, and some information of other travelers he had encountered. Sometime after sending his letter, Parsons returned to the east and eventually settled in Rhode Island.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Travelers-Yellowstone National Park
- Parsons, George W., Mrs-Correspondence
- Yellowstone National Park
Form or Genre Terms
- Travelers' writings, American-Yellowstone National Park