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The Yellowstone National Park

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Pages: 308

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Hiram Martin Chittenden

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III THE TRADER AND TRAPPER THE tourist who visits the Park by the northern entrance leaves the main line of the railway at Livingston, Mont., and takes a branch road which leads almost directly south fifty miles up the valley of the Yellowstone River. It is at this point that the river, after flowing north a hundred and fifty miles, turns abruptly to the east to join the Missouri more than four hundred miles below. As the traveler stands on the station platform and surveys the little valley hemmed in by the mountains, he sees to the south a prominent gap through which the river approaches and through which his train will soon bear him. Looking to his right, as he stands facing this gap, he sees the main track of the railroad coming in from the west from over a pass ten miles distant which separates the waters of the Yellowstone from those of the Missouri. This pass—Bozeman by name and now pierced by a railway tunnel—was a great thoroughfare for the Indian just as it has proven to be for the white man who followed him. It is interesting historic ground and the scene of many a thrilling episode in the pioneer history of Montana. If our traveler has taken the trouble to post himself upon the history of the country he is visiting, he will picture to himself, as he looks westerly up the line of the railway, an event which took place there more than a century before, or to be exact, about noon of the 15th of July, 1806. At that hour there might have been seen approaching the river a company of eleven white men, a squaw and child, and a cavalcade of fifty horses. It was, so far as we know, the coming of the white man for the first time to this important spot. The company was adetachment from the homeward bound expedition of Lewis and Clark and was under the command of Capta...  

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