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THE ASCENT OF MOUNT HAYDEN, GRAND TETON, 1872: a new chapter of Western Discovery.
by Nathaniel Pitt Langford.

Trials and triumphs of the first party to climb the Grand Tetons of Wyoming, July 29, 1872. Author Langford was among the early explorers of the Yellowstone/Teton region and was first superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. His claim to a first ascent of the Grand Teton has been challenged by later parties, and former park naturalist McCurdy considers the various claims in the editor's preface. But regardless, the account still gives a fine record of what mountain climbing was like in the early days in this region. Reprint from Scribner's Monthly. more....

Illustrations from Thomas Moran and others, 24 pages. ISBN-10: 0-89646-066-5. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-066-9. Order #VIST0066 paper$3.95

 


Silver San Juan: the mines and high scenery in Colorado's southwest mountains--in 1882. by Ernest Ingersoll.

Presents early sketches of this region where the Colorado Rocky Mountains culminate in their grandest scenic display, including Silverton, Rico, Animas Canyon, Capitol City, Lake City. Although mines and mining are the prime topic in this early history, and the writing gives a good picture of mining in the mountain West, the author admired the landscapes greatly, too. It was a time for that in America, when national pride in Western grandeur was swelling. Silver San Juan was a great place for such pride, for the region has been called "The Switzerland of America". Most of the region's minerals have now been removed, but the economic input from that source is replaced by tourists who come enthusiastically in numbers. For those who want to know the background of the region they visit, this book is for them. Reprinted from 1882. more... (coming.)

Illustrations by Thomas Moran and others. 24 pages.

ISBN-10: 0-89646-025-8. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-025-6. Order #: VIST0025 paper$3.95

The Ca˝ons of the Colorado--the 1869 discovery voyage down the Colorado River
by Major John Wesley Powell.

Note the word ca´┐Żons in the title would today be spelled canyons. From Wyoming, into Colorado, through Utah, to Arizona and the Grand Canyon, and to Nevada--this was the journey of the "Colorado River Exploring Expedition", what Powell called his group of 9 men and 4 boats as they began charting what was the last major unexplored part of the then United States. The trip was not only scientific in its goals, but it naturally became a grand adventure, with two of their party opting to leave the expedition before attempting a furious cascade, only to be killed by Indians. Much of the land and scenery which they drifted or dashed past is today included in national park areas.

Illustrations are by Thomas Moran and others. 64 pages. more...

ISBN-10: 0-89646-059-2. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-059-1. Order #: VIST0059 paper$4.95

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THE ASCENT OF MOUNT HAYDEN, GRAND TETON, 1872: a new chapter of Western Discovery.
by Nathaniel Pitt Langford.

Trials and triumphs of what may have been the first party to climb the Grand Tetons of Wyoming, July 29, 1872. Author Langford was among the early explorers of the Yellowstone/Teton region and was first superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. His claim to a first ascent of the Grand Teton has been challenged by later parties, and former park naturalist McCurdy considers the various claims in the editor's preface. But regardless, the account still gives a fine record of what mountain climbing was like in the early days in this region. The story finishes with a visit to Yellowstone geysers and a meeting with geologist Dr. Hayden, who now has this mountain named for him. Reprint from Scribner's Monthly.

Illustrations from Thomas Moran and others, 24 pages. more... (coming.)
ISBN-10: 0-89646-066-5. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-066-9. Order #VIST0066 paper$3.95

 

 

THE YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
by John Muir.

Here is what may well be Muir's most literary piece of nature writing, inspired not by the Sierra Nevada he was more familiar with, but by the wonders of the Yellowstone region. The text tells of the park's geysers, lakes, mountains, animals, flowers and trees, petrified forest--of the "blessed old Yellowstone Wonderland." It is the source for his oft-quoted phrase:
         "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
          and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."
Tips on how to travel in the park around the turn-of the-century are included!

Illustrated with drawings and engravings by Thomas Moran and others. more... (coming.)80 pages, 6 x 9, coated stock. ISBN 978-0-89646-101-7. Order #VIST0101 paper$7.95

 

DONNER/TAHOE SIERRA notecards

by Thomas Moran, 19th century landscape painter.

Views from early California of Donner Lake, Lake Tahoe, and Summit of the Sierras--all by Moran, plus Eagle Falls above Emerald Bay.

2 scenes each from lithographs, with 8 envelopes; antique white stock. more...

ISBN: 0-89646-298-0. Order #: VIST0298 notecard$7.95

 

 

 

 

Colorado Rocky Mountains notecards


by Thomas Moran, 19th century landscape painter.

Includes scenes of Mountain of the Holy Cross, Pike's Peak, and Long's Peak--all 1874 by Moran, plus Gray's Peak, 1874. 2 scenes each on antique white paper with 8 matching envelopes. more... (coming.)
 

ISBN: 0-89646-297-0. Order #: VIST0297 notecard$7.95

 

 

 

At a New Mining Camp: Creede of Colorado, 1892


by Richard Harding Davis.

Today Creede is a "ghost" town in southwestern Colorado (the italics because today's residents don't like being called ghosts), a remnant of its former size and glory. But author Davis reports it when activity there seemed circus-like. At the1892 time Creede was growing rapidly to a population of 8,000. The town was rip-roaring, and this account helps us understand the bustle as well as the unbounded hope and optimism at the site of a new mining boom. Reprinted from 19th century originals.;

Period illustrations, (page 17 "Water Wheel Gap" by Thomas Moran). 32 little pages. more....

ISBN-10: 0-89646-018-5. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-018-8. Order #: VIST0018 paper$3.95

 

Hawaii-Nei, 1873


by Charles Nordhoff.

Hawaii-Nei is the name for the collective kingdom of Hawaii, and these two articles from over a century ago tell of the islands' history and people, rains, and volcanic eruptions. The islands were still relatively native and natural during our author's visit, and he tells of their traits and early religion.  Foreword is by Russell Apple, Pacific Historian of the National Park Service.

Engravings--including some by Thomas Moran--show the land, the seascapes, homes, public buildings, and the people--eating poi, dancing the hula, surfing. 40 pages.

ISBN-10: 0-89646-030-4. ISBN-13: 978-0-89646-030-0. Order #: VIST0030 paper$3.95

 

 

 

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