By Terry Abraham
Culled from either released and unpublished bills, those descriptions of the Rocky Mountain West by way of British adventurers, poets, and newshounds symbolize an extended culture of in terms of panorama and its appreciation in paintings.
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28 Townshend was more charitable than most. Tourist Colon South was among the dis- appointed; he wrote that after “leaving Omaha, the train for a long distance traversed the prairie plains, and then commenced the gradual ascent of the outlying base of the Rocky Mountains. The gradient is so easy for a long distance, that the summit station at Sherman is reached almost imperceptibly. The ascent of the Rockies from the East is very tame and disappointing. ”29 South felt that, for scenery, the western slope had more character than the eastern.
P. 274. Courtesy University of Idaho Library. a milepost along his journey, comparing them to the desolate winter landscape of the Prairies: It is a remote spot, in a land which is itself remote. From out of the plain to the west, forty or fifty miles away, great snowy peaks rise up against the sky. To the north and south and east all is endless wilderness – wilderness of pine and prairie, of lake and stream – of all the vast inanity of that moaning waste which sleeps between the Bay of Hudson and the Rocky Mountains.
North American Boundary Commission Photographs. No. 71. Courtesy Royal Engineers Corps Library Chatham, Kent, England. Rockies. In his account of the expedition, Fleming’s secretary, George Monro Grant, a Glasgow-educated Canadian Presbyterian minister, noted that the clear western air made distances appear deceptively close. “The mountains ... ”13 Unlike Butler and Grant, an earlier traveller, Major Charles William Wilson, approached the Rockies from the west. As part of the British team on the international boundary survey between the United States and Canada, Wilson kept an extensive journal of his travels and explorations.