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Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden and the founding of the Yellowstone National Park

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Abstract

Following the Civil War, the United States intensified the exploration of her western frontiers to gain a measure of the vast lands and natural resources in the region now occupied by our Rocky Mountain States. As part of this effort, the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories was formed and staffed under the leadership of geologist Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden. Originally organized under the U.S. Public Land Office in 1861, the Hayden Survey (as it was most often identified) was placed under the Secretary of the Interior in 1869 and later, under the newly created U.S. Geological Survey. Its records, maps, and photographs were then transferred to the latter agency.

In commemorating the centennial of Yellowstone National Park, the U.S. Geological Survey drew upon those items deposited by Hayden to describe the early exploration of the Yellowstone area and to recount events that led to the establishment of Yellowstone as the Nation's first national park.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Unnumbered Series
Title:
Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden and the founding of the Yellowstone National Park
Series title:
General Interest Publication
Edition:
Revised and expanded
Year Published:
1973
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
45 p.