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Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their Tales

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  38 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Indians and mountain men, grizzly attacks and geyser burns, an essential compilation of the most vivid and gripping first person accounts of the early years of our nation's oldest National Park.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by TwoDot
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’m planning a celebratory forty-year-anniversary visit to Yellowstone later this summer. To prepare, I’m slowly reading a lot of Yellowstone-ish books. This one is a collection of excerpts from the stories of early travelers to Yellowstone. Truman Everts got separated from his exploration party and spent thirty-seven days alone in Yellowstone, for that’s a story. Any number of wild animal attacks. A surprising number of people who were burned badly from geysters. I loved reading a ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
While driving around Yellowstone, marveling at the weirdness of being in a huge volcano's caldera, I wondered what early people thought of all this when they first encountered it. I found this book in the gift shop at the Old Faithful Visitors' Center; it's accounts by early travelers through Yellowstone, from around the 1870's through the early 1900's. When information first came out about Yellowstone, people thought it was all exaggerated. But as the more adventurous types began to visit, the ...more
Lisa Butterworth
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
lots of fascinating stories that I retold to my family as we drove around Yellowstone.
Ron Sitton
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you caught Ken Burns documentary on the National Parks, you’ve no doubt heard that Yellowstone National Park is America’s first National Park. That may be the only story not told in M. Mark Miller’s book, “Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their Tales.”

Miller takes those interested in Yellowstone’s history on a captivating tour through the eyes of some of the earliest records from white Americans visiting the region. Those who saw Burns documentary will recognize the story of th
M. Miller
Jul 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm the author so, of course, I agree with the blurb on the back cover:

Gripping first-person accounts of the early years of America’s most cherished national park

After its establishment in 1872, Yellowstone National Park was sufficiently famous that a surprising number of people risked bear maulings, Indian attacks, and geyser burns just to glimpse its wonders. Many of those who survived wrote about their adventures. The best of those stories are collected here, in Adventures in Yellowstone.

Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So much fun to read this during our stay in Wyoming! This book gave me new perspectives and an appreciation for the experiences of the earliest visitors to Yellowstone. I retold many of the stories to friends and family members ... made for entertaining and relevant conversation while hiking or driving in the area. I especially loved reading journal entries written by explorers who were so awestruck by the beauty of the canyons, falls, and geysers that they were afraid their friends back home wo ...more
Jon Hurd
Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
If you have any interest in Yellowstone National Park this is the book to read. An excellent work by M. Mark Miller who has found first person accounts by the early (white) visitors to the area. I have to admit that I cringe when I read of the blatant contempt for the wild environment expressed by some of the early "explorers" and the equally heinous treatment of native americans. But I also realize that I am viewing history from a different age and set of sensibilities.

I look forward to more wo
Nancy Lewis
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yellowstone, re-read
Although Mr. Miller admits to extensive editing and abridging, these were all worthwhile tales of Yellowstone. The selections were well-balanced, from before and after the 'taming' of the park. Also, the authors come from varied backgrounds - from a mountain man to a wealthy European pleasure seeker to a middle class woman and her brood of seven children - giving this small collection a broad scope. I especially enjoyed the story from Emma Cowan who was kidnapped by the Nez Perce in 1877 and who ...more
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it
While the book felt a little disjointed - and repetitive - I did appreciate the abridged accounts of early travelers to Yellowstone. Had this not been my first book on the subject, I would probably not have enjoyed it as much; the book, in whole, felt limited in scope. That being said, the book is easy to read and interesting. And, not wholly told from a man's perspective; I appreciated the author's inclusion of various voices and perspectives.
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I returned home to Montana in 2003 after a career as a newspaper reporter and journalism professor. These days I stay busy doing research on Montana history. My current focus is on early trips to Yellowstone National Park

I worked for Montana newspapers while in college at the University of Montana. After graduating, I was a reporter and editor for newspapers in Utah and Kentucky. After earning a
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