Saturday, March 21, 2015

#21, Yellowstone Then and Now


The US Mint Lessons about our National Parks, make me think of the beauty and history
of the parks in my own back yard.  Every place has it's own beauty and grandeur.  Living here in Montana I am blessed.  I think often of our history.  Many write about Montana, yet most of our history remains to be written.

As I look at the old stereoscopic photo of the stagecoach, I wonder, will pictures with cars be amazing 100 years from now.  The WPA poster and the regional guides were created to showcase the natural wonders,and  cultural heritage of the United States.  Many of the old WPA guides are still being reprinted.  "The WPA Guide to 1930's Montana" is available on Kindle.

During the great depression 1935-1943 the Works Progress Administration (WPA) provided almost 8 million jobs.  The WPA workers built our roads, bridges (infrastructure), preserved our cultural heritage, they collected stories, music.  Posters of National Parks were created.  Federal Writers Project 1935-1942, was one of the New Deal Programs under the WPA.   http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/newdeal/fwp.html


WPA Poster Library of Congress

1905 - Virginia Falls (Yellowstone National Park)



Near East Entrance of Yellowstone
Ruth Ferris, photographer


Near East Entrance of Yellowstone
Ruth Ferris, photographer




12 comments:

  1. We were talking about states on our Must Visit List last night. My husband travels extensively but Montana would be new to all of us. We need to get there!

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  2. I have visited your beautiful state some years ago with my husband. A friend of mine had moved from NJ to the Bitterroot Mountains and we went out for a stay. It was an amazing holiday.


    I love your musing about the car and whether 100 years from now it will e considered 'amazing.' That has me thinking about what we now see as ordinary that in the future will be quaint, amazing, something to collect...

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  3. Montana is an amazing place. We traveled there a few years back staying near Big Sky. The hikes, the parks, and beauty was everywhere. Perhaps people will be amazed 100 years from now by the things we take for granted.

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  4. There is a lot to see and every season has its beauty. Montana Visitor's Guides can be found at http://gonw.about.com/od/plannerMT/ss/MTplanner.htm?utm_term=montana%20travel%20guide%20free&utm_content=p1-main-2-title&utm_medium=sem&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=adid-4017c017-266a-4946-96f4-010b810cebe1-0-ab_gsb_ocode-29654&ad=semD&an=google_s&am=broad&q=montana%20travel%20guide%20free&dqi=&o=29654&l=sem&qsrc=999&askid=4017c017-266a-4946-96f4-010b810cebe1-0-ab_gsb

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  5. I hope your family decides to visit Montana. I've written about lots of places here in Montana, some funny. When you have time you might want to read more.

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  6. When I look at the stagecoach and road. I realize the road is wider and paved. Still very twisty - the beauty is quite thrilling.

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  7. My slice this morning is a poem I wrote yesterday flying into Bozeman. I am skiing with my daughter and going into the park this afternoon. We have taken this trip many times from Michigan and love this beautiful place!

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  8. I often think about how the present will become history and wonder how it will be represented.

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  9. I've never been to Montana, though my husband has a cousin who lives there. From pictures I've seen, it is really beautiful. Maybe someday!

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  10. I love that series of posters of the National Parks. We bought postcards of some of our favorites with thoughts of framing them, one day.

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  11. Where did you buy the postcards?

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    1. I've seen them at several National Parks.

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