1805-06—Members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition hear reports of a volcano south of the Missouri River.
1807-08—Former Expedition member John Colter travels alone through a large tract of present-day Wyoming as far south as Jackson Lake. After he reports astonishing sites such as geysers and rivers of boiling water, the area is jokingly referred to as “Colter’s Hell.”
1870—The Washburn–Langford–Doane Expedition returns with detailed maps and observations, and various members publish first-hand accounts in national periodicals.
1871—Congress appoints Ferdinand V. Hayden to make an official geological survey. Hayden is accompanied by artist Thomas Moran and photographer William Henry Jackson.
March 1, 1872—President Grant signs a bill creating the world’s first national park. It is comprised of 2.2 million acres of wilderness.
1894—The Lacey Act prohibits “the hunting, or the killing or wounding, or capturing. . . of any bird or wild animal, except dangerous animals” in the Park.
From the newspapers
- A National Park, Helena Weekly Herald, January 18, 1872, p. 7
- The Flatheads and the Yellowstone, The New North-west, January 20, 1872, p. 4
- A National Park, Helena Weekly Herald, February 01, 1872, p. 2
- The Yellowstone National Park, The New North-west, March 08, 1873, p. 3
- The Yellowstone National Park, Helena Weekly Herald, December 25, 1873, p. 8
- The Hand of the Prince, Helena Independent, March 14, 1892, Morning, p. 5
- The Yellowstone Park: Proper Transportation Facilities Recommended by Engineers, Red Lodge Picket, January 13, 1894, p. 3
- The Killing Goes On: Recent Talk About the Big Game in Yellowstone Park, Anaconda Standard, June 15, 1896, p. 9
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Written by Catherine W. Ockey