Saturday, June 4, 2011

Images from the Past, Part 6 - My Grandmother's 1915 Yellowstone Journal

June 27, 1915, Sunday

Got tent work done early and at 10 to 12 fourteen of us went to Natural Bridge, 4-1/2 miles away.  Mary B. Vera C., Elma J., Amy, Minnie M., Helen J., Helen H, Jerry R., Ruth L., Ethel W., Harson, Aerial, Frank T. and myself.  Ate our lunch on top of the mountain, took pictures up there and all along the way.  On way back caught a ride a little way with a driver from Trans. Co.  We had such a good time, enjoying every minute.  Our first hike.  113 dudes tonight.

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This is linked to "Sepia Saturday" #77, a blog where old images share their history.

My Notes:

I am copying word for word what is on this site "HERE":

After the 1916 season, all transportation companies were merged into a monopoly called the Yellowstone Park Transportation Co. under Harry W. Child.  In August of 1915, automobiles were first allowed into the Park.  That year and the following one was a time of transition with both modes of travel operating under strict guidelines.  The introduction of automobiles brought major changes to the entire way of doing business in the Park.  With shortened travel times now available, hotels were no longer needed at Fountain, Norris and West Thumb.  Many tent camps were also closed to eliminate duplication of services.  The quicker travel times and increased freight tonnage available with motorized trucks eliminated the need for the various dairy and slaughterhouse operations inside the Park.  Also, with the elimination of the "weed-burners", the parks' pastures would no longer be needed for intense grazing that had been necessary.  

In 1917 the stagecoaches and stock were sold out. 

"HERE" is a site that explains the "touring" cars first used in Yellowstone - in this site is a black and white photo (bottom of page) that shows a "stagecoach" which is identical to the horsedrawn stagecoach photo I posted above.

The photo in front of the bungalow has 13 people in it.  My grandmother listed 14 names that went on this hike.  I see two men in the group, so maybe the third man is taking the photograph.  I really think this is the group that hiked to Natural Bridge.   One of my very favorite photos is of the group of woman all laughing and my grandmother is sitting on the far left, laughing the hardest.  Looks like they are really having fun, but I can't imagine wearing all those clothes in the middle of summer!

Next week I plan on posting all the horse drawn touring coaches and "wagons" that I have since I mentioned that these would be gone by 1917.

"HERE" is a flicker video of Natural Bridge and if you cursor back and forth on "Zoyx's photostream" you will see other videos and nice photographs of the area as well.  If you continue to look, he has a video of a herd of buffalo.


texwisgirl said...

what a life that must have been!

Tattered and Lost said...

The whole "package" is just such a wonder. Real human history. So grand to have. And thanks for sharing it.

Brett Payne said...

At last some shot6s of those "dudes" we kept hearing about.

Mike Brubaker said...

A terrific story on the early idea of a "vacation". If only the first Indians had cameras to record their travels in Yellowstone!

Patty Ann said...

Now that is a big tent!! And probably a very bumpy and uncomfortable ride!!


it's official!! these girls had too much fun to be legal!!

Bob Scotney said...

I wouldn't like to get the wrong side of them when they are wielding those frying pans!
Another get selection of photos.

justine said...

what truly wonderful photographs, wow!

Margaret said...

Texwisgirl - This summer was one they remembered for a lifetime, I'm sure!

Tattered - Yes, it is a treasure - I was thrilled when I found out these photos had a journal!

Brett - No, these men with them were fellow workers. "Dudes" were the tourists- Hense what we call "Dude Ranches" now!

Mike B - Well... a working vacation, yes. They did get paid.

Patty Ann - I'll take my "camping" in a hotel today! :)

Ticklebear - I agree - I only WISH I could ask her questions now! But this will have to suffice.

Bob Scotney - That's what those are! Thanks, I wondered.

Justine - Thanks, I think they are fun - their clothes just amaze me as it must have been hot.

tony said...

Some Brilliant Photographs & Links.Thank You.

Jinksy said...

Wonderful advert for sun hats! :)

Linda R. said...

These photo are amazing.. What a different time. In some ways I wished I lived back in the days. But I bet they were hot and uncomfortable.. But they look like they are having fun..

Little Nell said...

The first picture is a lovely relaxed shot - all those laughing ladies.

Howard said...

I love old photos where you see people laughing or smiling, they are so rare. And the wheels on the car in the last photo are huge!

Christine H. said...

What a lively, fun-loving bunch. How I would love to have been part of that whole experience.

Margaret said...

Tony, Jinksy, Linda Nell, Howard & Christien - Thanks. The hats are really fun and I wish they would make a huge comeback! The casual, unposed photo is amazing and shows how fun they were, I agree.