[Geysers] John R. Railey -- Request for help (Stephens)

lynn stephens lstephens.eagle at mail.sisna.com
Sat Sep 3 05:02:12 PDT 2005

   Thanks for the contribution.  I had found one of John's reports in 1977 requesting that the walk be widened and (at least) four benches added to the one wooden bench.  I'll incorporate his wording into your submission.


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Paul Strasser" <upperbasin at comcast.net>
Reply-To: geyser observation reports <geysers at wwc.edu>
Date:  Fri, 2 Sep 2005 15:15:34 -0600

>There weren't any benches at Grand as late as 1980 aside from the Railey
>bench - I have photographs that show this long, empty stretch of boardwalk
>that was maybe four feet wide.  By 1983 (perhaps earlier by a couple of
>years) there were benches, on the BACK side.  The fact that the boardwalk
>was widened and benches installed in the early 80s was due to the efforts of
>JR Railey, who submitted memos to the NPS with diagrams describing the
>problem of crowds, and his proposed solution.
>Paul Strasser
>-----Original Message-----
>From: geysers-bounces at wwc.edu [mailto:geysers-bounces at wwc.edu] On Behalf Of
>lynn stephens
>Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 7:37 PM
>To: geysers at wwc.edu
>Subject: [Geysers] John R. Railey -- Request for help (Stephens)
>Thank you to Tom and Genean Dunn for all the work in putting together the
>Sput.  I received the Sput yesterday and noticed that the caption under the
>"Warnock" picture incorrectly referenced the "John R. Railey" bench.  John
>was a Volunteer in Park for many years and always labeled his reports and
>signed them "John R. Railey."
>Because his last season was 1988, many of today's gazers may not know much,
>if anything, about John.  Today I was doing some research in the file
>cabinets here at Old Faithful and located some reports written by John.
>I'll be using some of his burst and interval data for comparison purposes in
>a short article about some of Grand Geyser's eruption characteristics this
>I also found a report by him labeled "Special Reporton Grand Geyser's
>Delayed Eruption Observed on May 26, 1978...".  This report illustrates his
>dedication to Grand.  This dedication resulted in attachment of his name to
>the wooden bench at Grand.  (As late as 1977 that was the ONLY bench at
>Instead of just asking the editors to printa spelling correction in the
>October Sput, I'm putting together a "Tribute to John R. Railey, Volunteer
>in Park".  I want to include personal recollections of John as well as
>reproducing his special report.  I would like to include personal
>recollections from any/all of you who knew John.  Please email them to me
>(lstephens.eagle at sisna.com) by September 13.  (Sorry for the short deadline,
>but I need a couple days to organize them and meet the September 15 Sput
>Thanks in advance for your help with this project.
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