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Golden Gate, and New Concrete Viaduct, Yellowstone Nat. Park, Wyo., The

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THE GOLDEN GATE AND CONCRETE VIADUCT, YELLOWSTONE NAT. PARK, WYO. A short distance beyond the "Hoodoos" the road passes through the Golden Gate, which derives its name from the patches of yellow lichen here and there brightening the rock walls on either side. Looking back, we see Bunsen Peak on our right and at the base of the cliff on our left, a part of Terrace Mountain, one of those massive structures of concrete and steel, products of the higheest engineering skill, which at many places in Yellowstone Park have made possible the creation of splendid roads through regions which formerly were perfectly inaccessible. In the far distance to our left we can see the top of Mount Everts, which rises so conspicuously above the cluster of buildings at Mammoth Hot Springs. Mount Everts was named for Truman C. Everts, a member of the Washburn Expedition of 1870 who became lost from the party among the dense forests on the S. side of Yellowstone Lake. He was overtaken by a severe storm, his pack horse ran away and while trying, on foot, to find the trail of his companions, he lost his eyeglasses. This last misfortune rendered him almost helpless for he was very nearsighted. Striving to find his way northward toward the Montana settlements he wandered over the wilderness for 37 days, nearly perishing of exhaustion and hunger. Half demented and crawling on his hands and knees at a point about 10 miles E. of the height now called Mount Everts, he was at last rescued by two frontiersmen sent in search of him by the Washburn party after its return to the settlements. Fortunately he fully recovered from his terrible experience, the story of which will ever remain an epic of the American Wonderland. (View looking N. E. Elev. 7,256 ft. Lat. 45°.; Long. 111° W.)

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