"I sent from my breech-loading Ballard repeating rifle four bullets in rapid succession, through the hat—badly riddling it."
"The approach to them was unsafe, the incrustation surrounding them bending in many places beneath our weight."
"Thomas Moran began conjuring images of the upper Yellowstone before he even saw the place."
"Mr. Hamp, fresh from his home in England, knew little of the properties of snow and ice, and at one of the critical points in our ascent, trusting too much to their support, slipped and fell. For a moment, his destruction seemed inevitable ...."
"The spot was chosen because of its proximity to a marsh which was supposed to be filled with snipe. In reality it was the swarming place for mosquitoes."
"As I fell, my right arm was thrust violently through the treacherous surface into the scalding morass."
While the explorers always had be be alert for the dangers of Indians, wild animals, and strange geothermal features, they also found ways to have fun.
A diminutive horse's perseverance earns him a place in history.
A gamblin' man loses his hat trying to replenish his stake.