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Sidesaddles and Geysers: Women's Adventures in Early Yellowstone

with M. Mark Miller

independent scholar

In the 19th century, hundreds of women risked being mauled by a bear, scalded in a geyser, or captured by an Indian to see the wonders of Yellowstone Park—and lived to tell their stories. Miller presents the very best of these travelers’ tales selected from his collection of more than 200 first-person accounts of Yellowstone travel. He covers the period between 1872 when the park was established through the Model T era in the 1920s. Yellowstone Park changed dramatically in this period. The presentation describes how developments such as roads, railroads, and hotels altered “the Yellowstone experience.” Miller places travelers’ experiences in context with biographical information, bringing the women’s stories to life in their own words and illustrating them with historic photos.