Cover

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments/Map

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pp. ix-xvi

Any long-term project such as this requires the assistance of numerous persons and institutions to see it through to completion. At Northern Arizona University (NAU), I would like to thank the Department of History for its continued support. The academic world is everchanging, but my home department has been solid in its support of faculty research. ...

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Passage to Wonderland

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pp. 1-6

The road from Cody, Wyoming, to Yellowstone National Park has been called the “most scenic fifty miles in the world.” Officially designated the “Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway,” the road follows the North Fork of the Shoshone River to the high mountains of the Absaroka Range and the park’s East Entrance. ...

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1. J. E. Stimson, Photography, Rephotography, and Me

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pp. 7-28

Between 1889 and 1948, Joseph Elam Stimson photographed Wyoming and the American West, producing more than 7,500 images of landscapes, mining, railroads, community life, ranching and farming, and tourism. Most of these shots were made on 8×10-inch glass plates and are artistically composed and incredibly sharp. ...

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2. History of the Cody Road to Yellowstone

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pp. 29-50

When J. E. Stimson traveled the Cody Road in July 1903, he was probably one of the first fifty people to take the new route to Yellowstone’s East Entrance. His images record a brand-new highway cut through the wilderness. Except for his conveyance, a survey of his photographs shows no other tourist or wagon. ...

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3. Photographs and Rephotographs

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pp. 51-140

When J. E. Stimson explored the Cody Road over four days in the summer of 1903, he made images both going to Yellowstone and on his return to Cody. I have reconstructed these images into a single linear geographic passage moving westward on the road from Cody to Yellowstone, representing the scenes a traveler would encounter during the trip to the park. ...

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4. Afterword

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pp. 141-144

It has been four years since I rephotographed J. E. Stimson’s trip to Yellowstone over the newly opened Cody Road. In that time I have married and moved into a new home in Flagstaff. Because my dog Nellie had been ill and then passed away in the spring of 2011, I have spent exactly six nights away from home since returning from Wyoming. ...

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pp. 145-152

Index

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pp. 153-156