Where Gush the Geysers

This is a beautiful 40-page booklet (44 with covers), especially considering it is more than 100 years old. It contains 20 color lithographs, two of which are maps and the rest photos. I confess I may have increased the saturation slightly when converting it to a PDF. archive.com has some versions of this booklet on line, but they are not as well reproduced–some, for example, are in black-and-white.

Click image to download a 24.6-MB PDF of this 1910 booklet.

Curiously, the cover page is titled, “Where Gush the Geysers,” while the title page is called “To Geyserland.” The booklet came out in several editions over the years, and I suspect they changed the name on the cover to get repeat sales.

Several pages of the booklet describe the M & Y Stage Line that Union Pacific passengers would take to visit the park. M & Y stands for Monida & Yellowstone, a leftover from before Union Pacific finished its branch line to Riverside (now known as West Yellowstone but called just Yellowstone in the booklet) in 1907 and passengers had to take the coach from Monida, Montana, on the Butte line.

M & Y used coaches built at the very end of the stagecoach era, so they were probably more comfortable than the ones shown in the movies, but it was still unlikely that people would (as the booklet claims) “do the 158 miles from Yellowstone around the circle back to Yellowstone with so little fatigue that you regret the trip is not longer.” You can find out for yourself if you visit Yellowstone and take a stagecoach ride, which uses coaches similar to the ones used by M & Y.

The booklet advertises a five-day, four-night tour of the park, including hotels, stagecoach travel, and 13 meals, for $46.25 (close to $875 in today’s dollars). Rail fare from Salt Lake City adds just $8.25 to the total (about $165 today).

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