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Moran's Diary Page 1

You will notice Moran's diary begins in the middle of a sentence on what is thought to be the second page. It is suspected that a first page exists, because it was included in an earlier transcription; however, its current location remains a mystery.
 
An image of page one of Thomas Moran's Diary.

... of the route lay through a
magnificent forest of pines & firs
all growing straight as a ships
mast, & growing but a few feet apart.
passed over the debris of a great
land slide. where the whole
face of the Mountain had
fallen down at some time,
laying bare a great cliff some
500 feet high. The view of the
lake, as we approached it, was
very beautiful. It is a small
pool formed by the widening of
stream at this point, it is not
more than half a mile in any
direction. The Mountains surrounding
it are about 11,000 feet high & about
3000 ft. above the level of the lake
having snow still upon them
The foot hills are all heavily


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Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.