Matching historic Yellowstone National Park photos with shots from the same places today is the basis of Bob Berry and Paul Horsted’s book: “Yellowstone Yesterday and Today.”
Berry will give a noontime lecture about the book on Tuesday in the Coe Auditorium of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. His illustrated talk begins at 12:15 and is free to the public.
Horsted set out to research old photographs of Yellowstone, and then sought the same locales today, re-creating the shots as closely as possible. He found ample help from Berry, who not only has the photographs of Yellowstone National Park taken between 1871 and 1930, but is also a longtime park guide and authority on early Yellowstone photography. Berry joined Horsted in finding many of the places pictured in the earlier photos.
Each historic Yellowstone photo is featured side-by-side with its present day image. The authors were careful to get the right vantage point, time of day, and season. The story of each photo also points to how the landscape has changed over time as well as park policies. For example, in an 1890 image taken at Yellowstone Lake near Fishing Cone, two fishermen are actually cooking their catch in the thermal cone’s hot water, a practice now prohibited in the park.