Yellowstone National Park's First 130 Years

Philetus Norris


Norris must have been a man who enjoyed challenges, for he essentially volunteered for the position, after traveling through Yellowstone and witnessing its problems first-hand. In June 1878, Congress finally approved a salary for the park's superintendent, as well as minimal funds "to protect, preserve, and improve the Park." It was only $10,000 a year, but Norris made good use of it.

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