.. An interesting article in Time, (on line,) poses the possibility that the U.S.A. could sell government owned assets to bail out the economy and save the "American Way Of Life." .. The British are planning to sell the Royal Mint and the National Mapping Agency. America could generate at least 20% of the cost of the new stimulus package by selling all the National Parks. .. So, what is Yellowstone National Park worth? Time figures that it should go for about $4 billion. Perhaps there could be a bidding war between the Northern Pacific and Union Pacific like the good ol' days. .. Now then, when the parks are all gone, what should we sell to cover the other 80% of the massive debt?
.. The personal, professional, and family photography collections of Frank Jay Haynes are again seeing the light of day - electronically. .. Frank J. Haynes was the official photographer of the Northern Pacific Railroad and Yellowstone National Park. .. Many of photographs were received by Montana State University with the donation of the Haynes family papers by Isabel May (Nauerth) Haynes in 1977. .. The collection includes more than 5000 photographs, collectively referred to as the Haynes Family Collections. .. The photograph collection was divided between the University and the Montana Historical Society in 1978 with the MHS receiving the bulk of the negatives and other items. .. The Montana State University Library has a PRO FLICKR ACCOUNT with four excerpted image collections currently posted. The recently posted Haynes collection has 60 photos in the photostream. .. The FLICKR images appear to be free from copyright limitations, although not necessarily free from third party restrictions. These are down-loadable under a creative commons license in many sizes.
.. A complete catalog of the images in the collection, (most have been digitized,) is also available through the Montana State Library web site at: Haynes Family Photographs (Collection 1507). [Repository: Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections at Montana State University Libraries.] .. This catalog indexes the collection of 19 boxes, including original metal boxes, and is categorized in substantially chronological order, with topical subdivisions. .. For the Haynes Family scholar, the collection contains a wealth of information about family, friends, trips, interests, and activities. .. For those interested in Yellowstone National Park, the collection is an invaluable record of architecture, environment, policy, presidential visitation, tourism, transportation, and just plain-ol'-nostalgia. .. If you've got the time and a good Internet connection, the browse is well worth the effort. We thank the Montana State University Library for this effort. We also appreciate the concern of the Haynes Family in making the images available to the interested public.
.. Here's the catalog and links for the complete collection:
.. A single brief line on the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce site says it all: CANCELED: Spring Cycle Tour. The tour was scheduled for May - If you were planning - don't! .. Yellowstone National Park closes to over-the-snow travel on the 15th of this month. Shortly thereafter the roads are open to roller blade, tennis shoe, hiking boot, and bicycle travel - and it's free. .. West Yellowstone is geared up to help visitors by April first and celebrates "Cycle Days" for the visitors without motorized travel. .. We mention this now so you can watch the weather and plan your visit accordingly. The Yellowstone National Park information page is found under SPRING BICYCLING.