Death in Yellowstone - Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park


Death in Yellowstone - Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Death in Yellowstone - Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park
Manufacturer Lee Whittlesey (Roberts Rinehart Publishers)
Page By silversummit
Page Type Apr 22, 2009 / Apr 22, 2009
Object ID 6071
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From the back cover: "Yellowstone National Park has a long history of deaths by everything from earthquakes to bear attacks, poison gas, and lightning. Since 1870 there have been 300 deaths, all brought together in this fascinating book by a long-time chronicler of Yellowstone.
Lee H. Whittlesey is a Historical Archivist at Yellowstone National Park."

Here is the Table of Contents:

Part One: Death by Nature
• Hold Fast to Your Children: Death in Hot Water
• “These Animals Are Not Real”: The Myth That Can Kill You
• Human Deaths from Bears
• “Don’t Eat Wild Parsnips!”: Deaths From Poisonous Plants
• Noxious Fumes and A Death From Poisonous Gas
• Freak Fatalities: Deaths From Lightning
• Lying in the Snow: Deaths From Avalanches and Freezing
• A Yellowstone Mystery: Death by Cave-in
• Missiles From Above: Deaths From Falling Rocks
• “I Think That I Shall Never See”: Yellowstone’s Deaths From Falling Trees
• Fatal Attraction: Deaths From Falls
• Deaths From Forest Fires: Smoke Chasing Can Kill
• The Gloom of Earthquakes: Shaky Breaky Park
• Danger in the Water: Deaths From Drowning

Part Two: Death by Man
• Clash of Cultures: Deaths From Indian Battles
• A Knockout at Bacon Rind: Deaths from Fights
• A Death From Diving
• Wild Horses: Deaths From Horse, Wagon, and Stagecoach Incidents
• Deaths From Accidental and Self Defense Shootings
• Malice in Wonderland: Yellowstone Murders
• Powerless in Eden: Deaths From Suicide
• Missing and Presumed Dead
• Deaths From Gas Stove Explosions and Structural Fires
• Deaths From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
• Travel in Wonderland: Death on the Road and in the Air

Conclusions: Pay Attention and Don’t Sanitize the Woods
Notes, Bibliography, Index


Price: $16.95

Paperback: 276 pages with black and white photographs

Author: Lee H. Whittlesey

Publisher: Roberts Rinehart Publishers

Year Published: 1995

Language: English

ISBN: 1-57098-021-7



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silversummit - Apr 22, 2009 7:58 pm - Voted 5/5

A great read for any Yellowstone traveler!
The long history of Yellowstone NP means that people have died from a wide variety of causes ranging from stagecoach accidents to modern day car accidents and leaning too far over the railing to get the perfect picture. And it's unique features such as the geothermal pools and deep, frigid lake mean that people can be unprepared to handle even the simplest mishap or misstep.

While the title sounds particularly morbid, the writing is both factual and interesting. I have read this book three times and no doubt will pick it up again.

lcarreau - Jun 18, 2009 12:57 am - Voted 5/5

Re: A great read for any Yellowstone traveler!
Sounds interesting! When I journeyed to the Grand Canyon, I
noticed a similar book detailing fatal mishaps in AZ's canyon.

People really love these books! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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