This 1929 tour guide has the mandatory image of Old Faithful, surrounded by gold printing, on the cover. If the green cover of the Pacific Northwest booklet represents evergreen forests and the brown cover of the California booklet represents late summer California savannas and chaparral, perhaps the beige color on this booklet represents the off-white terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs and the geyser basins. Unlike the California booklet, this one includes no color photos even though the subject warrants some.

Click image to download a 17.0-MB PDF of this 44-page booklet.

Inside, the booklet has text that is almost identical to the 1924 version, but many if not most of the photographs are different. One statement I don’t find in the 1924 booklet claims that Union Pacific’s West Yellowstone train station “is the only railroad entrance directly on the boundary of Yellowstone National Park,” so that “sight-seeing in the park commences immediately upon departure from the station . . . without any loss of time.”

Typically, that’s exaggerated, as Northern Pacific’s Gardiner Station was located just a few steps from the park boundary, and one could hardly say that the scenery viewed from tour buses going between Milwaukee’s Gallatin Gateway station or Burlington’s Cody station and the park was not worth seeing. Given that five different railroads claimed to bring tourists to the park (the fifth one being C&NW), Union Pacific could hardly be faulted for promoting the fact that it had one of the two best, if not the best, entrances to Yellowstone.

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