|Wylie Camp -- Yellowstone Park|
Captioned "Wylie Series No. 2. One of the Eight Wylie Camps--Yellowstone Park," this postcard was printed in Germany for Haynes Pub. It predates World War I, and was given to patrons of the Wylie Camps to send home as a kind of advertisement. The reverse (see photo below) has a preprinted message:
AT YELLOWSTONE PARK
I am entering "Wonderland" today the "Wylie Way" which means an ideal coaching and camping tour. They will send you a beautiful hand-book if you will address Wylie Company, Gardiner, Mont.
Yours en route,
|Wylie Camps, along with other permanent camps such as Old Faithful Camps and Shaw and Powell Camps, enjoyed great popularity during the army period and until their decline by the early 1920s. William W. Wylie was a schoolteacher who guided summer tourists through the park. Just as hotels were established so that coaching parties could make overnight stops on their 5 or 6 day tours, Wylie established a series of "permanent" camps throughout the park, catering to the tourist of more modest means. Wylie camps were located at strategic locations throughout the park, including Swan Lake Flats, Riverside, Upper Geyser Basin, Fishing Bridge, Grand Canyon, Sylvan Pass, and the Tower Falls area. (The Old Faithful Wylie Camp was located just west of the present Grotto Geyser.) These tent cottages had wooden floors, with canvas walls 4 to 6 feet high of often red and white or blue and white stripes. The rows of tents were accompanied by a dining hall and restroom and bathing facilities. Though disliked by the army, Department of the Interior, and railroads, these camps were a popular favorite for many years.
(source: Yellowstone, A Wilderness Beseiged by Richard A. Bartlett)
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