J. Adrian Parsons Letter, 1891 December 8

Overview of the Collection

Parsons, J. Adrian
J. Adrian Parsons Letter
1891 December 8
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
Bozeman, MT
Telephone: 4069944242
Fax: 4069942851
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.

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Acquisition Information

The J. Adrian Parsons letter was acquired by Special Collections from Ron Lerner of Houston, Texas on February 5, 1999.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2009 May 28

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Travelers-Yellowstone National Park

Personal Names

  • Parsons, George W., Mrs-Correspondence

Geographical Names

  • Yellowstone National Park

Form or Genre Terms

  • Travelers' writings, American-Yellowstone National Park