A President in Yellowstone: The F. Jay Haynes Photographic by Frank H. Goodyear PDF

By Frank H. Goodyear

ISBN-10: 0806189266

ISBN-13: 9780806189260

At the morning of July 30, 1883, President Chester A. Arthur launched into a visit of ancient proportions. His vacation spot was once Yellowstone nationwide Park, validated by way of an act of Congress purely 11 years past. No sitting president had ever traveled this a long way west. Arthur’s host and first advisor will be Philip H. Sheridan, the famed Union basic. additionally slated to affix the excursion used to be a tender photographer, Frank Jay Haynes. This elegant—and fascinating—book showcases Haynes’s impressive photographic album from their six-week journey. 

A leading nineteenth-century panorama photographer, F. Jay Haynes, as he was once recognized professionally, initially compiled the leather-bound album as a commemorative piece. As basically six copies are identified to exist, it has hardly ever been obvious. The album’s 104 photographs are followed by means of captions written via normal Sheridan’s brother, Colonel Michael V. Sheridan, who wrote day-by-day dispatches that have been allotted through the linked Press.

In his informative advent, historian Frank H. Goodyear III offers historical past concerning the day trip and explains the old and aesthetic value of Haynes’s images. He then re-creates Arthur’s trip via reintroducing Haynes’s attractive images—along with Sheridan’s unique captions—including perspectives of the Tetons and different landmarks; snap shots of President Arthur, common Sheridan, and fellow tourists engaged in actions alongside the direction; and photographs of the Shoshone and Arapaho leaders who amassed to greet the traveling party.

Published at the celebration of the reopening of the Haynes images store in Yellowstone, A President in Yellowstone bargains a distinct access into the park’s storied earlier.

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No other mention of a kidnapping plot occurred for two weeks, and Sheridan appears not to have revised his plans as a result of this one-time article. But on August 24, the Wood River Times in Hailey, Idaho Territory, reignited concerns when it published a fresh and more detailed article about the organization of a seemingly credible kidnapping plot. This report was soon picked up by newspapers throughout the nation. While the papers couldn’t determine for certain whether the group was comprised of “Texas cowboys,” “Arizona rustlers,” or “a group of prospectors,” the articles outlined the proposed plan.

But by the end of 1883, he was a broken man. By comparison, Rufus Hatch fared even worse. The Yellowstone National Park Improvement Company’s precarious situation was well known to company officials in the months leading up to the National Hotel’s opening. Yet, though the hotel was well booked in August, evidence of the company’s financial woes began to surface publicly by the summer’s end. Badly in debt and unable to pay the laborers who had built the hotel, Hatch directed his anger towards Superintendent Conger and other government representatives.

Haynes’s photographs and Sheridan’s account highlight many memorable places and moments, but—except for Sheridan’s concerns about the press—they do not dwell on any underlying tensions or park debates. Of the 104 photographs in the album, seven include the president. In these views—all large-format images—Arthur is depicted as actively involved and at ease with his surroundings. Twice he appears crossing a river on horseback; at other times he is shown resting in camp or having lunch in the field.

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