By Frank H. Goodyear
At the morning of July 30, 1883, President Chester A. Arthur launched into a visit of ancient proportions. His vacation spot was once Yellowstone nationwide Park, demonstrated through an act of Congress merely 11 years past. No sitting president had ever traveled this a ways west. Arthur’s host and first advisor will be Philip H. Sheridan, the famed Union basic. additionally slated to affix the excursion used to be a tender photographer, Frank Jay Haynes. This elegant—and fascinating—book showcases Haynes’s outstanding photographic album from their six-week journey.
A leading nineteenth-century panorama photographer, F. Jay Haynes, as he was once recognized professionally, initially compiled the leather-bound album as a commemorative piece. As merely six copies are recognized to exist, it has not often been obvious. The album’s 104 photographs are observed by means of captions written by means of basic Sheridan’s brother, Colonel Michael V. Sheridan, who wrote day-by-day dispatches that have been disbursed by means of the linked Press.
In his informative advent, historian Frank H. Goodyear III presents heritage in regards to the expedition and explains the ancient and aesthetic value of Haynes’s photos. He then re-creates Arthur’s trip by way of reintroducing Haynes’s beautiful images—along with Sheridan’s unique captions—including perspectives of the Tetons and different landmarks; images of President Arthur, common Sheridan, and fellow tourists engaged in actions alongside the direction; and photographs of the Shoshone and Arapaho leaders who collected to greet the traveling party.
Published at the get together of the reopening of the Haynes images store in Yellowstone, A President in Yellowstone bargains a distinct access into the park’s storied previous.
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The financial investment that Henry Villard had made in the Northern Pacific Railroad and that Rufus Hatch had made in the Yellowstone National Park 21 A P R E S I D E N T I N Y E L L OW S TO N E Improvement Company hinged on their ability to draw patrons. Given the precarious nature of their capital-intensive projects, they required a positive reception in short order. The president was not going to make or break these enterprises, but the success of his trip and his endorsement of them would go far in their future success.
Very warm. Will start for home in a day or two and I think you will not be sorry I came. 83 the following summer Haynes had successfully opened both studios and had inaugurated his railcar photographic studio, Haynes Palace Studio, which traveled to communities throughout the Northwest on the lines of the Northern Pacific. Through these moves, Haynes had positioned himself as one of the leading photographers in the West and the premier photographer of Yellowstone, a position that he maintained throughout his life and after.
Will start for home in a day or two and I think you will not be sorry I came. 83 the following summer Haynes had successfully opened both studios and had inaugurated his railcar photographic studio, Haynes Palace Studio, which traveled to communities throughout the Northwest on the lines of the Northern Pacific. Through these moves, Haynes had positioned himself as one of the leading photographers in the West and the premier photographer of Yellowstone, a position that he maintained throughout his life and after.