“Found Photos of Yellowstone” presents a collection of over 200 photographs, captured by park visitors and employees between 1880 and 1940. These unguarded snapshots unveil unseen moments from the park’s past, offering unique perspectives on accommodation, transportation, leisure activities, wildlife, and summer employment. The images were discovered by Michael Francis, a seasoned Yellowstone photographer, who has amassed a collection of over 11,000 historic Yellowstone photographs. Each image in this book has been carefully selected by renowned Yellowstone historian Lee Whittlesey, who also co-authored the captions with acclaimed writer Amy Grisak. These pictures are sure to astonish and charm all Yellowstone enthusiasts. They illustrate the transformation of Yellowstone over the years, while also highlighting the enduring charm that has captivated visitors and employees for over a century.
Michael H. Francis is a recently retired wildlife photographer based out of Billings, Montana. He has thirty-five single-photographer books to his credit including, Yellowstone Memories: 30 Years of Photographs & Stories, Watching Yellowstone & Grand Teton Wildlife, and Yellowstone Bears In The Wild, all published by Riverbend Publishing. Mike worked in Yellowstone National Park for 15 seasons and during that time became interested in park history and collectibles, such as the many souvenirs found in the general stores and gift shops. Since 1974 he has collected thousands of historic images of the park, most of which have never been seen by the public. He is anxious to share these rare images with the world. Michael can be contacted at email@example.com
Freelance writer Amy Grisak began her media career carrying gear—and serving as sound recordist and associate producer—for nearly ten years while working on programs for National Geographic Television. Her introduction to Yellowstone National Park was during the filming of “Yellowstone: Realm of the Coyote,” where she reveled in the unparalleled wildlife opportunities and fascinating geology.
Grisak eventually transitioned from television to freelance writing, pairing her nature photography with her stories and essays for the Great Falls (Montana) Tribune and other regional and national publications. She is the author of Nature Guide to Glacier and Waterton National Parks and an active member in the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
When she’s not writing, Grisak co-hosts Front Range Outdoors, a Great Falls radio program where she discusses the wide range of outdoor recreation throughout Montana.
As soon as the snow recedes in the spring, Amy is on the trails with her two sons or fishing with her husband near their Great Falls’ home. She loves exploring the stunning landscape she is blessed to call home. Follow her work at amygrisak.com.
Lee Whittlesey’s forty-five-year studies in the history of the Yellowstone region have made him an expert on Yellowstone’s vast literature and have resulted in numerous publications. He is the author, co-author, or editor of sixteen books and more than fifty journal articles, including the forthcoming “This Modern Saratoga of the Wilderness”: A History of Mammoth Hot Springs (2021); and Stagecoaching Through Yellowstone (2021). He recently published a new edition of his popular best-seller Death in Yellowstone (2014).
Whittlesey served as Park Historian for the National Park Service at Yellowstone National Park for 25 years, and previously served in that park as Archivist, Ranger Naturalist/Interpreter, Law Enforcement Ranger, and in numerous other positions. He has a master’s degree in history from Montana State University and a law degree (Juris Doctor) from the University of Oklahoma. Idaho State University conferred upon him an Honorary Doctorate of Science and Humane Letters, and Montana State University awarded him an honorary Ph.D. in history.
Whittlesey has been featured on numerous television news broadcasts and documentaries about Yellowstone, including Ken Burns’s PBS special, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. He is often interviewed on regional and local television.
Whittlesey retired as Park Historian for the National Park Service at Yellowstone National Park in 2018. He now lives in the Livingston, Montana, area, where he continues to write about Yellowstone.
From Rustic to Refined15
The Wonders of Wonderland35
Getting Around Was Half the Fun51
The Evolution of Camping67
Hard Work and Lots of Play93
Exploring Yellowstone Dude Ranch Style125
Time Well Spent: Civilian Conservation Corps137
The U.S. Military to the Rescue147