|Welcome to Geyser Bob's (Robert V. Goss) new and improved Greater Yellowstone historical service, providing a bounty of historical information and archival photographs of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming and the surrounding gateway communities in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. The most complete source of information on the historic hotels, camps and early concessions in Yellowstone on the internet!
| The new Cooke City Montana Museum is finally open to the public and celebrated its Grand Opening on July 19th, 2014 after much research and hard work. It now presents permanent exhibits on the history of the three communities of Colter Pass, Cooke City, and Silver Gate as well as exhibits on the Beartooth Highway, Mining, Schooling, Gas Stations and Tourism, Women and Winter. When you are in the area, please stop by the museum on Main Street in Cooke City and enjoy the displays and delve into the extensive local history on their interactive computer station. Click on photo at right to visit their website.
NEW for 2014!!
August 1 - Great new page on photo history of Gardiner, Montana.
April 3 - A new page on a brief history of post cards in Yellowstone, featuring about 60 different antique YNP postcards, going back to 1897. Click on the "Yellowstone Postcards" link to the left The page has been dividedinto 2 parts, the 2nd being a illustrated listing of various postcard publishers. There are now 34 different Yellowstone publishers represented.
March 26 - The article I wrote for Annals of Wyoming, The Man Who Wandered Away, describing the mysterious story of Leroy Piper's disappearance and the Fountain Hotel is now available online from Annals. The complete issue (Autumn 2008) may be read online or downloaded as a PDF. (Click on "x08AutumnAnnals.pdf)
Also, Click Here to view the article I wrote on Pryor & Trischman for the Spring 2002 issue of Annals of Wyoming. It is 15.5mb in size and the article starts on page 47. "A Tale of Two Sisters: Pryor & Trischman in Yellowstone in the Best and Worst of Times." (Top link in color, bottom is B&W)
March 24 - A new page on George Huston, first permanent white resident in Yellowstone, gold prospector, explorer, and one of the first commercial, advertised guides in Yellowstone. Great early history.
March 13 - A new page on the Bassett Bros. camping operation in YNP ca1871-1886. They operated through the West entrance from Beaver Canyon and Monida. Much of the info, in condensed form, was pulled from my more extensive history on the Bassett Bros. Stage Lines that was posted on my old Geocities website in 2008. It is still available through Archive.org, as are most of my other pages.
March 10 - I have published the final segment on the Smaller Camping Companies in Yellowstone. The page discusses the Lycan Camping Company, Marshall Bros. Camps, Blankenship & Co., and A.W. Chadbourne.
March 8 - A new page on the Hefferlin Brothers Old Faithful Camping Co. 1910-1916, with headquarters in Livingston, MT.
March 6 - Not a new page, but a new link from my Home Page for Yellowstone Advertising Trade Cards from my old Geocities website (accessible from Archive.org). Great engravings of early Yellowstone scenic views!
March 6 - A new page for the Robert C. Bryant Camping Co. from 1903-1912 that operated from Riverside/Yellowstone (West Yellowstone.)
March 4 - A new page for the Frost & Richard Camping Co. that operated out of Cody WY and the Wapiti Valley, traveling over Sylvan Pass into Yellowstone.
March 1 - A new page created for the Yellowstone Park camps & lodge companies 1917 to 1936.
Please check out my new page on the Wylie Camping Company operations at Zion and Grand Canyon National Parks that began in 1917 by W.W. Wylie and his family.
Also, a new page on the David A. Curry Camping operation in Yellowstone from 1892-1898. After leaving Yellowstone he and his wife established the famous Camp Curry in Yosemite National Park.
I have completed a new Wylie Camping Co. in Yellowstone page - Check it out!
Please feel free to contact me regarding any problems you may encounter, to offer advice on site organization or content, bad links, or just to chat about Yellowstone history. I'd be happy to hear from you. Contact me by email (below).
Enjoy & Happy Trails,
Please Note: A historically significant new Yellowstone book, written by Elizabeth A. Watry, "Women in Wonderland" was released April 2012 by Riverbend Publishing. Check out this important book on women in Yellowstone's past. The book recently (Sept 2013) won the 2013 Willa Literary Award of Women Writing the West in the category of SCHOLARLY NONFICTION. Congratulations!
Please check out the "Robert V. Goss Writings" page to see a compendium of my books and articles. There are several links to on-line sites where some articles may be read in their entirety.