A President in Yellowstone: The F. Jay Haynes Photographic Album of Chester Arthur's 1883 Expedition (The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West)

A President in Yellowstone: The F. Jay Haynes Photographic Album of Chester Arthur's 1883 Expedition (The Charles M. Russell Center Series on Art and Photography of the American West)

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 080614355X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

On the morning of July 30, 1883, President Chester A. Arthur embarked on a trip of historic proportions. His destination was Yellowstone National Park, established by an act of Congress only eleven years earlier. No sitting president had ever traveled this far west. Arthur’s host and primary guide would be Philip H. Sheridan, the famed Union general. Also slated to join the expedition was a young photographer, Frank Jay Haynes. This elegant—and fascinating—book showcases Haynes’s remarkable photographic album from their six-week journey. 

A premier nineteenth-century landscape photographer, F. Jay Haynes, as he was known professionally, originally compiled the leather-bound album as a commemorative piece. As only six copies are known to exist, it has rarely been seen. The album’s 104 images are accompanied by captions written by General Sheridan’s brother, Colonel Michael V. Sheridan, who wrote daily dispatches that were distributed by the Associated Press.

In his informative introduction, historian Frank H. Goodyear III provides background about the excursion and explains the historic and aesthetic significance of Haynes’s photographs. He then re-creates Arthur’s journey by reintroducing Haynes’s stunning images—along with Sheridan’s original captions—including views of the Tetons and other landmarks; portraits of President Arthur, General Sheridan, and fellow travelers engaged in activities along the route; and images of the Shoshone and Arapaho leaders who gathered to greet the visiting party.

Published on the occasion of the reopening of the Haynes Photography Shop in Yellowstone, A President in Yellowstone offers a unique entry into the park’s storied past.

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scheduled to meet that primarily concerned him. During conversations throughout the first part of the year Sheridan had assured him that his safety and comfort would not be compromised. He would travel with a seventy-five-man military escort, capable guides, and all of the supplies that he could possibly need. Sheridan had completed ostensibly the same trip during the two previous summers, and no surprises were anticipated. In addition, the Native Americans the president was scheduled to meet

foliage. The short, thick grass of the little valley furnished splendid grazing for our animals, and the trout, within twenty feet of the tents, made the immediate surroundings most delightful. Then the Teton basin, large as the state of Rhode Island, and covered at this season of the year with nutritious grasses, and profuse in evidences of being the winter grazing grounds of antelope, deer, and elk. The near future must practically determine its value for stock purposes. Then Jackson’s Lake, as

clothing the feet of the grand Tetons and scrambling up their sides until vegetation dies out. Above this the fissures and chasms of the grim, gray pile of rocks, filled with snow-banks, some of them 3,000 feet deep and of dazzling whiteness in the sun. Yes, the scenery along our route will furnish many pleasant memories in the years to come. Enough game has been killed to satisfy the wants of the party, but to-day we entered the sacred precincts of the park, and the buffalo and elk can look at

124; plans for Yellowstone trip, 3–8, 10–12, 18–22; portrait, 4; presidential election of 1884, 5, 30, 38–39; silence about Yellowstone’s management, 33; speeches, 23, 30 Camp Isham, 82, 84 Camp Lincoln, 80, 82, 100, 110 Camp Logan, 96, 98 Camp Lord, 46, 48 Camp Rollins, 60, 64, 66 Camp Stager, 74, 76, 78 Camp Strong, 94, 98 Camp Teton, 90, 100 Arthur, Chester A., Jr. (“Alan”) (son), 5 Camp Vest, 66 Arthur, Chester A., III (grandson), 42 Carlisle Indian School (Carlisle, Penn.), 56, 139n11

the recommendation of officials with the Northern Pacific Railroad. If so, he would have learned of Haynes’s desire to establish a studio within the park itself. Following his first trip in 1881, Haynes came to appreciate the park’s potential as a photographic subject and contemplated a summer outpost where he could market images of the park to visitors. At the time a commercial enterprise such as the one that Haynes envisioned required permission from and ultimately a formal lease with the U.S.

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