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Title: MS 429 - Camp Monaco Tree Removal Collection, 1994-1994Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Minter, James B.

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 01/01/2013

Subjects: Albert I, Prince of Monaco, 1848-1922, Cody, William F. (William Frederick) 1846-1917, Yellowstone National Park

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection consists of several newspaper articles as well as 140 photographs documenting the process of removing the Camp Monaco Tree from its original site in the Shoshone National Forest after it was killed by the 1988 Yellowstone National Park Fires

Collection Historical Note

Camp Monaco, 1913

In 1913, H.S.H Albert the Sovereign Prince of Monaco came to the United States. Though informal, his visit marked the first by a sitting European head of state. As part of his informal tour, Prince Albert came to Wyoming as a guest of Colonel Abraham Archibald Anderson, former Special Superintendent of the Teton and Yellowstone Forest Reserves, to check on some oil investments and to hunt.  After hunting at Anderson’s ranch near Meeteetse, Wyoming, the Prince and his party accompanied William F. Cody into a wilderness area just outside Yellowstone National Park. They camped amidst “wild rugged beauty.” Along with trout, grouse, finches and eagles, the setting’s “profusion of life” included “elk and deer in the dark timber, moose along the marshland [and] mountain sheep in the rocky crags at skyline.” The site would become known as “Camp Monaco.”  According to William F. Cody who was interviewed about the adventure when he came out of the backcountry,

“The camp is pitched in a semi-circle about a pine tree that is five feet in diameter. The prince’s tent is beneath the giant tree, and the camp is in the most picturesque spot I have ever seen.”

In addition to ruling Monaco, Prince Albert was a scientist and outdoorsman. During this hunting trip, he combined both of these passions. The hunting party totaled sixteen members, but Prince Albert yearned to hunt alone with guide Fred Richard, in order to experience the western wilderness in its full glory.  Despite objections from his personal bodyguard, Prince Albert hunted independently with Richard, successfully bagging a bull elk and a black bear during the trip. He photographed each specimen, and had his personal taxidermist prepare the skins that were sent back to Monaco for museum preservation.  Albert’s 1913 hunting trip in Wyoming became a highlight for the 63-year-old prince, and he spoke fondly of it. In a letter Albert wrote Anderson after returning to Monaco, he assured him that the trip would “remain in my memory under a shining light.” Albert and his guide, Fred Richard, made plans to hunt together the following year in Alaska. Unfortunately, the First World War began in Europe in August 1914, and they never made this second trip.  Though bark grew in around the sign on the tree, the mark was a historical landmark for nearly 80 years. In 1988, devastating fires swept through Yellowstone National Park and stressed the 300-year-old tree. By 1993, the U.S. Forest Service confirmed that the tree was dead.  With the help of the U.S. Forest Service, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and an area lumberjack, the two-ton tree trunk was airlifted from the original site to the museum to be preserved. It is currently on display.  With the help of the U.S. Forest Service, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and an area lumberjack, the two-ton tree trunk was airlifted from the original site to the museum to be preserved. It is currently on display.

http://williamfcody.bbhc.org/theme/range-ranch/camp-monaco

Subject/Index Terms

Albert I, Prince of Monaco, 1848-1922
Cody, William F. (William Frederick) 1846-1917
Yellowstone National Park

Administrative Information

Repository: McCracken Research Library

Acquisition Source: Susan Dunning

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: Camp Monaco Tree Removal Collection, MS 429, McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West.


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Folder 1: Certificates – USDA to Jim MinterAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Contact Information for people involved in projectAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspapers – Billings Gazette, September 25, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Newspapers – Billings Gazette, January 26, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspapers – Cody Enterprise, January 26, 1994Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Photograph Album, 1994Add to your cart.

P.429.001 – Man (possibly Jim Minter) standing next to cut down stump of Monaco Tree

P.429.002 – Eagle Creek Trailhead, North Fork Highway, Cody WY, Staging Area – January 24, 1994

P.429.003 – Group of people standing in circle, with snow on ground, and trees in background

P.429.004 – Yellow helicopter with red strip on side in snowy clearing with trees in background and group of people standing in circle to right-hand side

P.429.005 – “Going to Camp Monaco” – Line of seven vehicles on road with snow on ground and trees in background

P.429.006 – Aerial view of large forested area covered with snow

P.429.007 – Aerial view of large forested area, with mountain in center, covered with snow

P.429.008 – Aerial view of large forested snow covered area “North of Pahaska Teepee Resort”

P.429.009 – Aerial view of large forested snow covered area with river in foreground

P.429.010 – Aerial view of large mountainous forested snow covered area

P.429.011 – Aerial view of large mountainous forest snow covered area “Burn Fires of 1988”

P.429.012 – Aerial view of large mountainous forest snow covered area with stream running down valley

P.429.013 – Aerial view of large mountain valley covered with forest and snow

P.429.014 – Aerial view of large mountain valley covered with forest and snow

P.429.015 – Aerial view of large mountain valley covered with forest and snow

P.429.016 – Camp Monaco Tree amongst stand of trees with snow covered ground “Camp Monaco Tree Center”

P.429.017 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe sitting in snow covered clearing with trees in background “Unloading Equipment & Saws”

P.429.018 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe sitting in snow covered clearing with trees in background

P.429.019 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe sitting in snow covered clearing with trees in background

P.429.020 – Camp Monaco Tree (close up) “Camp Monaco Tree, Engelmann Spruce Tree, Might Be The Largest In The Shoshone National Forest”

P.429.021 – Camp Monaco Tree (close up)

P.429.022 – Camp Monaco Tree with three men standing around its base

P.429.023 – Camp Monaco Tree still standing

P.429.024 – Camp Monaco Tree from ground looking up

P.429.025 – Camp Monaco Tree (close up) of base

P.429.026 – Camp Monaco Tree (close up) of base

P.429.027 – Camp Monaco Tree still standing with two people seated at the base

P.429.028 – Yellow helicopter sitting on snow covered ground

P.429.029 – Yellow helicopter sitting on snow covered ground

P.429.030 – Camp Monaco marker affixed to tree

P.429.031 – Camp Monaco Tree from ground looking up

P.429.032 – Base of Camp Monaco Tree with man standing to side preparing chainsaw

P.429.033 – Base of Camp Monaco Tree with wedge cut into base during felling “Humboldt Wedge Prior to Felling”

P.429.034 – Camp Monaco Tree base with wedge cut

P.429.035 – Man cutting into Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw “Larry Gureski, Cody Lumber”

P.429.036 – wedge cut into base of Camp Monaco Tree (close up)

P.429.037 – Man (Larry Gureski) cutting into base of Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw

P.429.038 – Two men at base of Camp Monaco Tree, one holding axe, and another holding chainsaw “Larry Gureski and Charlie Wright, both Cody Lumber”

P.429.039 – Two men standing at base of Camp Monaco Tree, prying wedge cut out from base “Larry Gureski and Charlie Wright, both Cody Lumber”

P.429.040 – Man bending over at base of Camp Monaco Tree cutting into base with chainsaw (Larry Gureski)

P.429.041 – Man in tan coveralls standing at base of Camp Monaco Tree swinging axe

P.429.042 – Man in red and black checkered jacket kneeling at base of Camp Monaco Tree using chainsaw to cut away at wedge (Larry Gureski)

P.429.043 – Man in red and black checkered jacket kneeling at base of Camp Monaco Tree using chainsaw to cut away at wedge (Larry Gureski)

P.429.044 – Two men working at base of Camp Monaco Tree with axe and chainsaw

P.429.045 – Base of Camp Monaco Tree with wedge cut and removed from base

P.429.046 – Base of Camp Monaco Tree with wedge cut and removed from base

P.429.047 – Man standing next to Camp Monaco Tree with wedge cut and removed from base (Charlie Wright)

P.429.048 – Dan Williamson, helicopter pilot from Hawkins & Powers in Greybull, Wyoming standing next to Camp Monaco Tree base with wedge cut and removed

P.429.049 – Camp Monaco Tree base (Close up)

P.429.050 – Camp Monaco Tree base with wedge cut from left side, and man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket bent over next to it

P.429.051 – Camp Monaco Tree base with wedge cut from left side, and snow shoes standing upbehind it

P.429.052 – Camp Monaco Tree base, with man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket

P.429.053 – Camp Monaco Tree base with wedge cut from right side

P.429.054 – Camp Monaco Tree falling over

P.429.055 – Camp Monaco Tree laying on the ground

P.429.056 – Camp Monaco Tree base after cutting down.  Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket smoothing base with chainsaw

P.429.057 – Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket standing with left elbow propped up on fallen base of Camp Monaco Tree and stump on right side with chainsaw standing upright

P.429.058 – Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket standing with left elbow propped up on fallen base of Camp Monaco Tree and stump on right side with chainsaw standing upright

P.429.059 – Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket standing with left elbow propped up on fallen base of Camp Monaco Tree and stump on right side with chainsaw standing upright.  And man in tan coveralls standing behind chainsaw on stump of tree

P.429.060 – Two men standing on either side of the Camp Monaco Tree base

P.429.061 – Two men standing on either side of the Camp Monaco Tree base

P.429.062 – Two men standing at base of fallen Camp Monaco Tree

P.429.063 – Two men standing at base of fallen Camp Monaco Tree determining where to cut trunk

P.429.064 – Man in tan coveralls standing next to fallen base of Camp Monaco Tree “Jim Minter Trustee, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Chairman of Tree Removal Project

P.429.065 – Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket cutting Camp Monaco Tree base section for preservation while man in dark blue coveralls watches

P.429.066 – Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket cutting apart base of Camp Monaco Tree for preservation while man in dark blue coveralls watches

P.429.067 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe on side sitting in snow covered clearing

P.429.068 – Three men standing at base of Camp Monaco Tree cutting off section for preservation

P.429.069 – Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket using chainsaw to cut off section of the base from Camp Monaco Tree while a man in tan coveralls and jacket watches

P.429.070 – Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket cutting section from base of the Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw

P.429.071 – Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket cutting section from the base of the Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw

P.429.072 – Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket cutting section from the base of the Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw

P.429.073 – Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket cutting section from the base of the Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw

P.429.074 – Man in black coveralls and red and black checkered jacket cutting section from the base of the Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw while man in tan jacket kneels and man in dark blue coveralls looks away

P.429.075 – Camp Monaco Tree top lying on the ground

P.429.076 – Man in dark blue coveralls standing at base of Camp Monaco Tree.  Man in tan jacket stands behind fallen tree, and man in black and red checkered jacket sits on ground.

P.429.077 – Camp Monaco Tree base with top portion partially cut away

P.429.078 – Camp Monaco Tree base with man on left in black and red checkered jacket, and man on right in tan jacket

P.429.079 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting top from base of Camp Monaco Tree

P.429.080 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting top from base of Camp Monaco Tree

P.429.081 – Man in tan pants and jacket hitting wedge in upper cut of Camp Monaco Tree with a small sledge hammer

P.429.082 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting large branch with chainsaw “Making larger wedge”

P.429.083 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting large branch with chainsaw

P.429.084 – Man in red and black checkered jacket kneeling next to Camp Monaco Tree with larger wedge partially inserted into crevice “Larger wedge in place”

P.429.085 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting down small tree “Cutting down 4 dead trees in removal path – next 7 pictures”

P.429.086 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting down small tree “Cutting down 4 dead trees in removal path – next 7 pictures”

P.429.087 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting down small tree “Cutting down 4 dead trees in removal path – next 7 pictures”

P.429.088 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting down small tree “Cutting down 4 dead trees in removal path – next 7 pictures”

P.429.089 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting down small tree “Cutting down 4 dead trees in removal path – next 7 pictures”

P.429.090 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting down small tree “Cutting down 4 dead trees in removal path – next 7 pictures”

P.429.091 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting down small tree “Cutting down 4 dead trees in removal path – next 7 pictures”

P.429.092 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting down small tree “Cutting down 4 dead trees in removal path – next 7 pictures”

P.429.093 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting down small tree “Cutting down 4 dead trees in removal path – next 7 pictures”

P.429.094 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe flying low to the ground “Taking off for big lift of 8’ section”

P.429.095 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe flying high

P.429.096 – Camp Monaco Tree section strapped to helicopter “Too heavy!  Unhook & Land in Meadow”

P.429.097 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe flying with Camp Monaco Tree section strapped and hanging below

P.429.098 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe flying with Camp Monaco Tree section strapped and hanging below

P.429.099 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe flying with Camp Monaco Tree section strapped and hanging below

P.429.100 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe flying low

P.429.101 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting additional section off of Camp Monaco Tree “Cutting off 2’ or 800 lbs in order to lift”

P.429.102 – Man in red and black checkered jacket standing next to Camp Monaco Tree section with chainsaw

P.429.103 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting into Camp Monaco Tree section with chainsaw

P.429.104 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting into Camp Monaco Tree section with chainsaw

P.429.105 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting into Camp Monaco Tree section with chainsaw while man in dark blue coveralls looks on

P.429.106 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting into Camp Monaco Tree section with chainsaw while man in dark blue coveralls and man in tan jacket look on

P.429.107 – Man in red and black checkered jacket and man in dark blue coveralls push cut section away from larger Camp Monaco Tree section

P.429.108 – Man in red and black checkered jacket and man in tan jacket look at freshly removed 2’ section of Camp Monaco Tree

P.429.109 – Man in red and black checkered jacket standing behind Camp Monaco Tree section, and removed 2’ section

P.429.110 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe flying overhead with cable hanging down “Coming in to Hook up long line – visible”

P.429.111 – Camp Monaco Tree section for preservation being lifted from the ground by helicopter “Camp Monaco Tree lifted clear!”

P.429.112 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe flying with Camp Monaco Tree section hanging below from cable “Camp Monaco Tree On Its Way to Truck at Eagle Creek Trailhead”

P.429.113 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe flying with Camp Monaco Tree section hanging below from cable

P.429.114 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting up the remains of the Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw “Cutting 2nd & Last Section of Tree 7’”

P.429.115 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting remains of Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw

P.429.116 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting remains of Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw

P.429.117 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting remains of Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw

P.429.118 – Man in red and black checkered jacket cutting remains of Camp Monaco Tree with chainsaw

P.429.119 – Man in red and black checkered jacket standing next to 7’ cut section from Camp Monaco Tree “7’ Section ready for hookup”

P.429.120 – Man in tan jacket and pants wearing snow shoes and holding small section of Camp Monaco Tree

P.429.121 – Yellow helicopter flying overhead with cable hanging down “Coming in to life 2nd 7’ Section to Trailhead”

P.429.122 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe flying with trees all around

P.429.123 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe flying overhead with trees all around and cable hanging down

P.429.124 – 7’ section of Camp Monaco Tree being lifted by helicopter “7’ section airbourne & going to truck at Eagle Creek Trailhead”

P.429.125 – 7’ section of Camp Monaco Tree flying below yellow helicopter

P.429.126 – Yellow helicopter hauling section of Camp Monaco Tree over forest area

P.429.127 – Yellow helicopter hauling section of Camp Monaco Tree over mountain and forest area

P.429.128 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe landing in snow covered meadow “Returning from trailhead to pick up work detail”

P.429.129 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe landing in snow covered meadow

P.429.130 – Yellow helicopter with red stripe landing in snow covered meadow

P.429.131 – View from helicopter heading toward Eagle Creek Trailhead “Heading for Eagle Creek Trailhead Down North Fork River”

P.429.132 – View from helicopter heading down North Fork

P.429.133 – View from helicopter heading down North Fork

P.429.134 – Aerial view of Pahaska Tepee covered in snow

P.429.135 – Aerial view of large tree and snow covered mountain valley

P.429.136 – Aerial view of large tree and snow covered mountain valley

P.429.137 – Aerial view of large tree and snow covered mountain valley with highway running through it

P.429.138 – Aerial view of large tree and snow covered mountain valley with highway running through it “Eagle Creek Trailhead, North Fork Highway, Cody, Wyoming”

P.429.139 – View inside helicopter of man in red and black checkered jacket wearing white hardhat

P.429.140 – View inside helicopter of man in dark blue coveralls and white helmet (pilot?)

P.429.141 – View inside helicopter of man in red and black checkered jacket wearing white hardhat

P.429.142 – Group standing outside in snow with yellow helicopter in background, from right: Jim Minter, Marilyn Minter, Larry Gureski, Dr. Paul Fees

P.429.143 – Group standing outside in snow with yellow helicopter in background, from right: Jim Minter, Marilyn Minter, Larry Gureski, Dr. Paul Fees

P.429.144 – Group standing outside in snow with yellow helicopter in background, from right: Jim Minter, Marilyn Minter, Larry Gureski, Dr. Paul Fees

P.429.145 – Group standing outside in snow with yellow helicopter in background, from right: Jim Minter, Marilyn Minter, Larry Gureski, Dr. Paul Fees



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