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Through Early Yellowstone
Through Early Yellowstone

Through Early Yellowstone

Adventuring by Bicycle, Covered Wagon, Foot, Horseback, and Skis



304 Pages, 7.5 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $35.95)

Publication Date: June 2016

ISBN 9780985818265

Rights: WOR

Granite Peak Publications (Jun 2016)

Price: $29.95   $18.00


Honorable Mention, 2016 Foreword Indies Award in Travel

An anthology of entertaining accounts of travel through Yellowstone, this book takes readers back to 1871, before it was a tourist destination, through the time when autos were allowed into the park. The adventurers include an intrepid mother who posted the sign “Park or Bust” on her family’s covered wagon, a strong cyclist and a hiker who traversed the whole park for fun, an expert guide on skis, and a New York horsewoman who presented park management with a plan for an interconnected circuit of bridle trails. Along with numerous historical photos and artwork, the book features a color gallery of watercolor paintings by Thomas Henry Thomas from 1884 and have never been seen outside of Wales.


"Stories and graphics combine to make Through Early Yellowstone a beautiful, informative, and highly entertaining read . . . Those who enjoy nature writing or armchair traveling will find this book to be a unique opportunity to experience Yellowstone Park through the eyes of those who saw it first. Their awe and jubilance, expressed in the parlance of the day, charms and delights."  —Foreword Reviews

“As informed and informative as it is inherently fascinating and consistently compelling . . . Through Early Yellowstone is very highly recommended for the personal reading lists for anyone that has visited and appreciated the Yellowstone country, and will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to community and academic library Travel History and American History reference collections in general, and Yellowstone National Park supplemental studies reading lists in particular.”  —Midwest Book Review

"The accounts of how [Yellowstone] changed travelers who ventured into it are particularly enjoyable . . . . A gallery of watercolors from 1884 by T. H. Thomas . . . is also stunning and provides another captivating window into the area." —Amanda Eggert, Explore Big Sky

"Just as captivating as the descriptions of geothermal features is the portrayal of those who called the area home. The accounts of how [Yellowstone] changed travelers... are particularly enjoyable. The artwork... is also stunning." —Amanda Eggert, Explore Yellowstone

"Entire chapter on Frank Lenz, including Janet Chapple's introduction, to be reprinted. Pages 163-77 are to be excerpted together with the illustrations and a bio of the author. An ad for this book and Yellowstone Treasures will also appear in the issue. Cycling West is distributed to 270 bike shops." —Cycling Utah - Cycling West

Author Biography

Janet Chapple is a Montana native whose parents once worked at Old Faithful Inn, the historic lodge in Yellowstone Park. She is the author of Yellowstone Treasures and the cotranslator of the English edition of Yellowstone, Land of Wonders, an 1883 travelogue to and through Yellowstone by Belgian travel writer Jules Leclercq. She lives in Oakland, California.