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Talk: Winter Expedition through Yellowstone

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT

Three snow planes on the ice of Yellowstone Lake in front of the Lake Hotel. Photo by Bob Richard.

A Winter Expedition through Yellowstone

with Bob Richard

A free “Local Lore” talk

Thursday, March 21, 2024
Noon–1 p.m.

Join us for the March 21 presentation of 2024 in our “Local Lore with Bob Richard” series of free talks hosted by our McCracken Research Library.

For this illustrated presentation, Bob Richard presents A Winter Expedition through Yellowstone. He recounts the story of and shares photographs from a winter trip in the park in 1955, when Bob was a senior in high school. Organized by Bob’s father, Jack Richard, the weeklong excursion—undertaken with aircraft-on-skis called snowplanes—also included the editor of the Cody Enterprise, Larry Morrison, and three Wyoming Game & Fish Department wardens (James White of Jackson, Dale West of Moran, and “Red” Wilkerson of Big Piney). Starting from Jackson, the group toured Yellowstone’s south loop photographing the scenery and animals in the Park. The trip took them from the south entrance to Old Faithful (where they met District Ranger Bob Murphy), on to Madison Junction, Norris, and then over to the Canyon and Lake areas, and then back out the south entrance.

With a wealth of knowledge about the Cody and Yellowstone National Park areas, Bob has a lifetime of stories to share with future generations.

Larry Morrison, editor of the "Cody Enterprise," standing next to a snow plane on the ice at Lewis Lake, 1955. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection, McCracken Research Library. PN.89.10.1657.12
Larry Morrison, editor of the “Cody Enterprise,” standing next to a snow plane on the ice at Lewis Lake, 1955. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection. PN.89.10.1657.12
Old Faithful erupting as seen from the widow’s walk atop the Old Faithfull Inn, 1955. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection, McCracken Research Library. PN.89.10.1657.41
Old Faithful erupting as seen from the widow’s walk atop the Old Faithfull Inn, 1955. MS 89 Jack Richard Photograph Collection. PN.89.10.1657.41
Future Local Lore talks:

• May 16: Al & Pete & the Simpson Family
• July 18
• September 12
• November 21
• December 19

The talks in this series are gathered in this YouTube playlist.


Bob Richard
Bob Richard

About Bob Richard

A lifelong Wyoming resident, Richard’s varied experiences are pure West. He worked at guest ranches, guided horse and hunting trips, ranched, and for 37 years owned and operated Grub Steak Expeditions, personally touring thousands of visitors from around the world through Yellowstone and its ecosystem.

Educated at the Universities of Wyoming, Arizona, and California (Fresno), Richard has served as a teacher and school administrator, a decorated United States Marine Corps pilot in Vietnam, and, for 21 years, helped coordinate American Red Cross service and relief activities in the western United States.

Richard is the author of several books on the Cody and Yellowstone area, as well as his own family’s deep roots in the region. They feature his own photographs and often those of his father Jack Richard and uncle Ned Frost. For information on Bob’s photography and his published books, visit bobrichardphotography.com.

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