The 1871 Official Survey of the Western Territories led by geologist Ferdinand Hayden reaped much more than data about minerals and thermal springs.
Hayden’s assistant, Albert Peale, sent letters back to The Philadelphia Press describing the terra incognita of Yellowstone Basin. The expedition’s field artist Elliott, photographer Jackson and painter Moran recorded the exquisite landscape, each in his own style. This compilation of scientific exploration, personal vignettes, photography and art results in a unique vision of untouched Yellowstone. Peale’s humble voice sets the mood for this first glimpse at one of our nation’s ecological treasures.