The Discovery (No. 101)
First Aired Thursday, June 16, 2005
Learning how to co-exist with Yellowstone is an ongoing process. As we approach the 200th anniversary of the Euro-American's discovery of Yellowstone, many issues remain unresolved. In this program we'll explore with those early explorers and see sites much the same as they did. We'll hear some of their thoughts about this nature wonderland, a place were "waterfalls spout backwards" according to mountain man Jim Bridger. As the federal government through the Park Service decides the future of Yellowstone Park, we can learn what those unselfish men of the 1800's envisioned for this showcase of nature's wonders. We see its unique landscape and learn of the far reaching vision of early explorers, and learn why they were determined to set Yellowstone set apart as this country's first National Park. The program covers the years 1807-1886.