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Death in Yellowstone (1995)

by Lee Whittlesey

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    Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite by Michael P. Ghiglieri (prosfilaes)
    prosfilaes: Similar, but with better writing.
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    Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon by Thomas M. Myers (infiniteletters, Helcura)
    Helcura: In the same vein, but much more engagingly written.
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I had the first edition on my wishlist for several years and was happy when I was awarded the second edition from the ER program. This book is covers the deaths, excluding car accidents and illness, that have occured in or very close to Yellowstone park since 1839. It is surprising the numbers of ways people have died, plane crashes, mauling by bears and bison, drowning, fights, freezing, lightening strikes, murders, boiling etc.
The common theme through most of this book is listen to the warnings! Do not treat the wilderness as a trip through the back yard. People die because they climb over barriers to get closer to animals or to get that picture of a lifetime. They die because they want to see how hot the hot springs are.
This book has a lot of info, some of it dry and some not. It is an interesting book but not one that you can read quickly. ( )
  cal8769 | Apr 11, 2014 |
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This second edition contains all the fascinating information from the first edition and more. The author had added updates to the older incidents that have been communicated to him since the first edition came out and also added 16 years of new incidents. The book also discusses a few cases where the result was injury rather than death, and these cases are instructive.

The most fascinating sections are those about hot springs and bears, but the entire book sketches Yellowstone from a different perspective than other histories.

Considering that Yellowstone has millions of visitors each year, it is surprising how few deaths occur. The author excludes deaths from illness and car accidents, and while I agree with the exclusion of the car accident deaths (thought it would be nice to see some statistics), I do rather wish that illness was included at least for the late 1800s and early 1900s, as such information would contribute to the historical picture of the park.

I really liked this edition and would strongly recommend it, even to those who have read the first edition.. ( )
  Helcura | Apr 7, 2014 |
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This historical overview of fatalities in the nation's first National Park can be rather grim reading at times. There are some truly gruesome cases contained in this volume. Of course, injuries and death can strike anywhere, anytime; however, it was rather appalling to read numerous accounts of people who died (primarily, it seems) as a result of their own lack of common sense. In addition, many of these cases resulted in litigious actions against the park; few prevailed. The stories range from death by scalding, falls, animal attacks and being struck by falling rocks or trees or lightning bolts. The book covers the period of 1839 through 2013. The author is a long-time employee of the park and was able to uncover a wealth of hitherto virtually unknown reference materials and has provided impressive Bibliography and Notes sections. One small complaint, I believe a couple of maps showing the park and the areas immediately around it would be a valuable addition. ( )
1 vote Cheryl-L-B | Apr 3, 2014 |
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For those with a streak of ghoulish glee and lovers of catastrophe literature, this is a catalog of the myriad ways people have met their end in the wonderful, but deadly, Yellowstone National Park. I say catalog because the repetition of people doing the same stupid things over and over again can be a bit tiresome, (do they never learn?) so it's best digested in small bites, sort of like some of the bears and their human meals. The list of ways to die in Yellowstone is pretty lengthy: falling, drowning, boiling, mauling, murder, suicide and general foolishness. Similar to Over the Edge, the litany of how people have died in the Grand Canyon, this does have a certain morbid appeal. That gravity thing can be killer. Please don't feed the bears. ( )
  varielle | Apr 2, 2014 |
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Death in Yellowstone is a very thorough researching of the many deaths that have occured in or near the park, from the 1800's to present. It's broken up into chapters by type of death (boiling in thermal pools, bear attack, falls, etc).

I found the chapters to be somewhat uneven. Some of the chapters have lots of detail to describe the scene, people involved, and the event. Other chapters seemed to be a mere chronological listing; the book got kind of "dry" in parts.

On the whole, I'm glad I read it. It's good preparation for our trip to Yellowstone next summer. The dog will be staying home! ( )
  SugarCreekRanch | Mar 28, 2014 |
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It is a mystery why anyone would dive head first into a Yellowstone hot spring merely to save a dog, but that is precisely what happened on July 20, 1981.
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Yellowstone National Park has a long history of deaths by everything from earthquakes to bear attacks, poison gas, and lightning. Since 1870 there have been 300 deaths, all brought together in this fascinating book by a long-time chronicler of Yellowstone's history.… (more)

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