Yellowstone Park Diary, 1913

Overview of the Collection

Shipe, Myrtle May Kauffman, 1884-1987
Yellowstone Park Diary
1913 (inclusive)
1 item
Collection Number
Collection 2266, MtBC, us (collection)
The Yellowstone Park Diary, written by Myrtle Shipe, chronicles the six day trip through Yellowstone National Park with her mother. Topics discussed include geyser, pools, Old Faithful, geological facts, waterfalls, mountains, valleys, wildlife, accommodations, staff, and traveling companions.
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

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Myrtle May Kauffman was born in 1884 in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. After college, she taught school for about 8 years. She visited Yellowstone National Park from August 12 -17, 1913 as part of a tour which included Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Idaho. In 1928, she married Harry Preston Shipe and spent the rest of her life in Detroit, Michigan. She died in 1987, aged 103.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Myrtle Shipe's diary of her visit to Yellowstone National Park with her mother was written on stationery of the Shaw and Powell Camping Co. of Livingston, Montana. It chronicles their six-day trip through the park. Day one was spent viewing the geysers and pools en route from Livingston to Old Faithful where they camped. The entire second day was spent on the geyser basins around Old Faithful. Day three they proceeded through the mountains to the Yellowstone Lake region. On day four they passed through the Hayden Valley to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone spending the night there. Day five sent them through Silver Gate to Mammoth and on day six they toured through Norris Basin ending the tour at (West) Yellowstone, Montana. Most of the descriptions of this tour are of the geysers and pools including their names and geological facts about them, the scenery of the Grand Canyon and the difficult climb down Uncle Toms' Trail as well as the waterfalls, mountains and valleys encountered along the tour. There is little discussion of wildlife, a short passage about the good and pleasant accommodations, staff and traveling companions and a brief recounting of their earlier travels through the Northwestern states. A photocopy and transcription of the diary are included for the convenience of researchers.

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Acquisition Information

The diary of Myrtle May Kauffman Shipe's visit to Yellowstone National Park in 1913 was donated to the Montana State University Library by her niece, Esther T. Tulley, of Livingston, Montana on April 7, 1992.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2009 May 27

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Tourist camps, hostels, etc. -Yellowstone National Park-History-Sources

Personal Names

  • Shipe, Myrtle May Kauffman, 1884-1987-Diaries

Geographical Names

  • Yellowstone National Park-Description and travel