Yellowstone National Park, Report to the Committee on the Public Lands, July 20, 1892

Yellowstone National Park, Report to the Committee on the Public Lands, July 20, 1892

Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1892.

First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 52nd Congress, 1st Session. House of Representatives. Report No. 1956. 8vo, pp xiv, 296, 8, with one folding map showing the route of a proposed new road and two proposed new hotels in the Park. Recent binding of green and russet cloth with title stamped in gilt on the spine. A number of page edges chipped, else fine. A lengthy and detailed report from a Congressional investigation into "the manner of administering the affairs of [Yellowstone Park], touching the leases and privileges therein, and the management of said park generally by the Interior Department." The investigation was sparked after a lease to provide transport services in the Park was rescinded from one concessionaire (who protested) and granted to another. The Committee on Public Lands heard many hours of testimony on Park operations, including accusations of bribery and corruption within the Yellowstone Park Association -- the group of private investors who lost the transport concession. The committee majority issued a scathing condemnation of Secretary of the Interior John Noble for the arbitrary handling of leases and general abuses of power, but the minority report (also included here) argued that Noble was fully justified in annulling the leases in question.

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