St. Paul, MN: J. E. Haynes Publishing, 1905. First edition. 8vo. (xxxi), 122 pages; 3 pages of plates. Numerous photo-illustrations. Dark blue cloth with red stamped pictorial cover and gilt lettering to cover and spine; without dust jacket as issued. A fine copy! Item #20681
The complete story of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition of 1870 exploring the region of northwestern Wyoming that a couple years later became Yellowstone National Park in 1872. Led by Henry Washburn, Nathaniel P. Langford and under U.S. Army escort led by Lt. Gustavus C. Doane, the expedition followed the general course of the Cook–Folsom–Peterson Expedition made the previous year. During the explorations, members of the party made detailed maps and observations of the Yellowstone region, exploring numerous lakes, climbing several mountains and observing wildlife. The expedition visited both the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins, and after observing the regularity of eruptions of one geyser, decided to name it Old Faithful, since it would erupt about once every hour. Mount Langford, in the Absaroka Range, just east of Yellowstone Lake, was scaled by Langford during the expedition and named after him. He subsequently became first superintendent of Yellowstone Park.