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Hayden Expedition – Two Ocean Pass

On this day 150 Years ago! (August 13, 1871) Doane leads Ferdinand Hayden and a small group on a multi-day excursion to locate the fabled "Two Ocean Pass", originally reported by Jim Bridger. The waters from a creek on this…

Charging Grizzly

In this scene from Burning Ground, a Crow warrior is attacked by a sow grizzly as he field dresses a slain bison. The clip is an excerpt of the audiobook, which will soon be released!

Hayden Expedition – Sheep Eaters

On this day 150 Years ago! (August 11, 1871) A small band of Mountain Shoshone (aka Sheep Eaters) approaches the Hayden group and seeks to trade with them. These people are skilled at making bows from the horns of bighorn…

Hayden Expedition – Bridger Creek

On this day 150 Years ago! (August 9, 1871) Lt. Doane takes over leadership of the military escort from Capt. George Tyler, who took half of the assigned soldiers of Company F with him to fight hostile Sioux in Montana.…

Hayden Expedition – West Thumb

On this day 150 Years ago! (August 7, 1871) The geyser basin excursion group rejoins the rest of Hayden's team at West Thumb. The Annie is prepped for exploring the southern half of Yellowstone Lake. Makawee entices Graham to bathe…

Hayden Expedition – Shoshone Lake

On this day 150 Years ago! (August 6, 1871) The group crosses the Continental Divide for the first time as they ride from the Upper Geyser Basin toward the West Thumb. While camping at Shoshone Lake that evening, Graham and…

Hayden Expedition – Castle Geyser

On this day 150 Years ago! (August 5, 1871) William Henry Jackson's photographs of 1871 were instrumental in convincing Congress to pass the National Park Protection Act which set aside the area as a park. On this date he captured…

Hayden Expedition – Grand Prismatic Spring

On this day 150 Years ago! (August 4, 1871) Thomas Moran draws a watercolor sketch of the Grand Prismatic Spring (top view), which he titles "Great Springs of the Firehole River." Graham is in awe of the artist's immense talent…

Hayden Expedition – Tragedy at Firehole Spring

On this day 150 Years ago! (August 2, 1871) The Hayden group explored the Lower Geyser Basin. While everyone waited for Great Fountain Geyser to erupt, Graham and a soldier (Pvt. Foley) searched the area for nearby hot springs where…

Hayden Expedition – Porcupine Hills

On this day 150 Years ago! (August 1, 1871) Mineralogist Albert Peale (who was also trained as a physician) took extensive temperature readings and samples of hot springs and other thermal features. Graham was recruited to assist Peale, who often…

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