Thursday, February 15, 2007

Another lovely view of our nation's first national park . . . (thank you Teddy Roosevelt)
Thanks to the nice lady at the Delta counter, and my friend Chris who has volunteered to drive me to LAX at 3:45 Saturday morning, I may make it to Yellowstone this weekend . . .



Blogger Jim Macdonald said...


Teddy Roosevelt had nothing to do with the founding of Yellowstone. Grant was President (March 1, 1872). He also wasn't responsible for the founding of the National Park Service (that was Woodrow Wilson - 1916). Roosevelt also wasn't the first President to visit Yellowstone (Chester Arthur in 1883).

Roosevelt did visit Yellowstone and later the arch at the North Entrance was named after him; there's also a lodge named after him near Tower Fall. He didn't have a lot to do with the formative history of Yellowstone. He was involved with the protection of bison (and their slaughter), but that is at best a checkered history.

Anyhow,'s a common misconception that those of us who study and write about Yellowstone history find ourselves clearing up a lot.

a short history of the founding of Yellowstone

1:02 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Jim - thanks for the information!

1:19 PM  
Blogger Jim Macdonald said...

Regarding why most Americans think Teddy Roosevelt founded Yellowstone, or at least a great many, I don't know. I think that in itself is an interesting historical question. I'm sure there probably is someone who has written a pop culture paper on it. If not, it should be done.

And, I'm jealous you'll be going to Yellowstone; it will no doubt look a lot different than it did in 1972. I never visited until 1993, but those who were there in 1972 tell me that things look very different than the Yellowstone they remember; some like it, and some don't. I hope you report back your impressions.

Happy Travels,

1:43 PM  
Blogger GetFlix said...

It is a crazy time to try and fly anywhere right now, Diane. We had our first major snowstorm yesterday, and things got shut-down pretty quick.

But it sounds like you have a handle on it.

5:06 PM  
Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

Chris sounds like a ~really~ good friend!

I'm excited to hear about your travels.

8:24 PM  
Blogger prunella jones said...

Have a great time and take lots of pics!

6:52 AM  
Blogger v said...

Wow. LAX at 3:45am. Hopefully you run into a movie star or three.

And yeah, tell Chris all us blog buddies think he (or she) is a very, very good friend.

3:34 PM  

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