[Geysers] a historical question

TSBryan at aol.com TSBryan at aol.com
Mon Jun 2 14:27:59 PDT 2014

No doubt the dates cited by Lee, MA, Rocco, and etc. are correct in regards 
 to park-wide projects, but it is clear that wooden walkways existed well 
before  the 1940s. These may have been short and restricted to the surrounds 
of  individual features, but for a few examples look at Haynes photos 22637  
(Dragon's Mouth), 11125 and 23463 (Mud Volcano), 16049 (Morning Glory -- I 
think  that's a walkway on the far side of the pool), and perhaps even 
better a photo  from the USGS digital photo file labeled "Black Growler 1924" 
that clearly shows  a wooden walkway and bridge complete with wooden railing. 
Lastly, while I can't  seem to locate it at the moment, someplace there's a 
picture of Porcelain Basin  that shows a wooden plank-like walkway that 
extends well out into the basin; I  somehow recall the date of 1922 for that one.
Scott Bryan
In a message dated 6/2/2014 11:17:17 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time,  
lee_whittlesey at nps.gov writes:

For  information on the UGB walkways, see the Geyser Gazer pages on 
Facebook. M.A.  Bellingham and I both made some comments there. The first formal 
walkways that  I know of at UGB were the asphalt ones, built in (as I recall) 
1934. Rocco  Paperiello has posted some photos of this construction from the 
park's black  scrapbooks on his Facebook page.   

The park's actual move to wooden boardwalks (what the 1946 Report of the  
Superintendent called "duckwalks") began that year, and continued being built 
 during the period 1946-1950 in various  places.

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