Jesuit priest Pierre-Jean De Smet brought Catholicism west to the Rocky Mountains. He also enjoyed some tourist entertainments.

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Tourism involves travel-based hyper-consumerism that consumes and thus degrades the very attractions that appeal to tourists.

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Springfield, Illinois, is a Lincoln-haunted town, and much of the old downtown has a Lincoln association of some sort or another. But more than Lincoln has happened there.

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Rev. Edwin J. Stanley’s 1873 tour of Yellowstone made him a witness to “the scepter of the irrepressible white man” in the divine right of Manifest Destiny.

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Montana’s leading citizens included Masons who sought to civilize the wild lands of Yellowstone by claiming it as a park.

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Warren Angus Ferris visited Yellowstone in 1834 as the first tourist to experience the thermal features, and the first person known to use the Icelandic word “geyser” to describe them.

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Mountain man Joe Meek’s first summer of fur trapping in 1829, which put him among the earliest of non-indigenous people to enter Yellowstone.

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