NP 1928 Yellowstone Guide

This booklet was published two or three years after yesterday’s tour book, which came out in 1925 or shortly thereafter. The only date I can find in this one is February 1928 on the centerfold map. This only proves it wasn’t published before 1928. While I think 1928 is likely, it could have been a year or so later.

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Burlington Escorted Tours, which was introduced in yesterday’s booklet, appears to be quite a success in this one, which mentions tours to the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and seven tours to California. Some of these tours rely on other railroads such as the Santa Fe, whose “Indian detours” are specifically mentioned. However, the booklet refers potential travelers to another publication to get tour details and costs.

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In addition to a couple of maps and other drawings, this booklet has 72 black-and-white photos illustrating the many wonders of the Cody and Gallatin entrances to Yellowstone. One of the few drawings is a quite precise illustration of Burlington’s Cody Inn–except for the fact that, behind the Inn is Glacier Park’s Mt. Grinnell, which is ordinarily located nearly 500 miles away.

The booklet three times mentions the Yellowstone Park Comet, describing it as “the only solid train from Chicago designed especially for Yellowstone travel.” I’m not sure what a “solid train” is, but I suspect it means people don’t have to make “any change of cars en route.” The Comet was apparently operated as a separate section of the North Coast Limited (except in 1930 when it was a separate section of the Alaskan), carrying Pullmans only from Chicago to Billings, with most cars going on to Gardiner, some going to Cody, and one or two even going to Bozeman so people can take an arduous bus ride down the beautiful but (then) bumpy “Gallatin Way” to West Yellowstone.

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