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, proven by way of an act of Congress merely 11 years previous. No sitting president had ever traveled this a long way west. Arthur’s host and first consultant will be Philip H. Sheridan, the famed Union normal. additionally slated to affix the excursion was once a tender photographer, Frank Jay Haynes. This elegant—and fascinating—book showcases Haynes’s outstanding photographic album from their six-week journey.
A most desirable nineteenth-century panorama photographer, F. Jay Haynes, as he was once identified professionally, initially compiled the leather-bound album as a commemorative piece. As in simple terms six copies are identified to exist, it has infrequently been visible. The album’s 104 photos are observed by way of captions written by way of common Sheridan’s brother, Colonel Michael V. Sheridan, who wrote day-by-day dispatches that have been allotted via the linked Press.
In his informative creation, historian Frank H. Goodyear III offers historical past concerning the day trip and explains the historical and aesthetic importance of Haynes’s images. He then re-creates Arthur’s trip through reintroducing Haynes’s lovely images—along with Sheridan’s unique captions—including perspectives of the Tetons and different landmarks; pictures of President Arthur, basic Sheridan, and fellow tourists engaged in actions alongside the direction; and photographs of the Shoshone and Arapaho leaders who amassed to greet the traveling party.
Published at the celebration of the reopening of the Haynes images store in Yellowstone, A President in Yellowstone bargains a special access into the park’s storied earlier.
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Extra resources for 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, Volume 11)
By the time of Arthur’s death, Congress had called on the War Department to run the park. A new superintendent was now in place. Furthermore, a syndicate from St. Louis now owned the National Hotel, and visitation had continued to grow. The summer of 1883 proved to be a watershed moment in Yellowstone’s history. After eleven years of neglect and uncertainty, the modern park was born. Three weeks before Arthur’s death, Forest and Stream published a traveler’s account of a visit to Yellowstone. Like so many descriptions of the park, it spoke in glowing terms about Yellowstone and the enjoyment experienced there.
As secretary of war, Lincoln would have known of the photographic albums that the War Department had commissioned in the recent past, including those associated with surveying expeditions in the West. While none of these previous efforts had featured a president, the photographic album of Arthur’s Yellowstone trip was inspired by such volumes and the broader phenomenon of personal albums. Photographers like Haynes recognized that such albums represented a new market for their work, and they seized the opportunity to create images that satisfied this demand.
Hatch had wanted them to stay at the hotel, but Arthur favored a space apart from the crowds that were there. Once entering the park the president was repeatedly approached by visitors, and it seems that he wished to minimize his contact with the public—much to the consternation of some. As one visitor remarked, “it seemed churlish in the President to treat thus, not only his lieges, but the foreign guests. It is part of his office to be looked at. I was ashamed of him. ”55 Despite the president’s obvious desire for privacy, Rufus Hatch was not going to allow this opportunity to pass without some type of exchange.