Chapter 4. Yellowstone country—I
Published:June 01, 2015
Extract from beginning of chapter:
INTRODUCTION TO YELLOWSTONE
The summer of 1883 found Mr. Hague and a large party of assistants entering upon the geological survey of Yellowstone National Park, a work that was to occupy them for years to come. For geological assistants there was Walter H. Weed,1 a graduate of the Columbia School of Mines and a student of Professor Newberry.2 Weed was selected as the most likely to become a geologist of the candidates, two of whom were Banks and Mudd. There were also George M. Wright, who had seen service under I.C. Russell3 in the Great Basin, and myself whose previous fieldwork had been in Eureka, Nevada. William Hallock4 was physicist with a mission to take the temperatures of the hot waters and study the action of geysers and hot springs. Frank A. Gooch,5 who had been a chemist with Pumpelly's6 Northern Transcontinental Survey,7 was commissioned to study the thermal waters and spring deposits. Roland Holt acted in the capacity of assistant to the geological assistants, and C.D. Davis was secretary and disbursing agent to the geologist-in-charge. W.H. Jackson8 was photographer and, as I was given a camera for the first time, proved a source of valuable instruction in the art and method of landscape photography. A man of excellent taste and judgment, he generously gave the beginner the benefit of his experience.
After some time in Bozeman, Montana, purchasing mules, completing camp outfit, and laying in supplies, the party started for the park with animals and wagons so heavily laden