yellowstone_the-land-of-wonderYellowstone, Land of Wonders: Promenade in North America’s National Park, by Jules Leclercq, is a description of Yellowstone National Park as of 1883, translated from the French.

That year, the Northern Pacific made Yellowstone readily accessible; 5,000 tourists came, including President Chester A. Arthur, ex-President Ulysses S. Grant and a Belgian travel writer, Leclercq. He apparently never met a geyser he didn’t like, telling us, perhaps, more than we need to know. However, he also examined Mammoth Hot Springs and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Leclercq offers little human history, even of Indians. But he recalls the sad story of 1877, when Nez Perces captured and, alas, murdered tourists in the park.


Richard H. Dillon, author of Meriwether Lewis:  A Biography

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