John Colter, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, was the first to see the geysers near Cody, Wyoming in 1807-1808. Later Old Faithful and the boiling mud holes of what is now known as Yellowstone Park was nicknamed Colter's Hell because no one back in St. Louis would believe him when he described the boiling water, mud and steam.
*The notion that Colter's Hell referred to one of the geyser basins of Yellowstone first appeared in Hiram M. Chittenden's 1895 book Yellowstone National Park. However, Chittenden went on to describe a "tar spring" on the Stinkingwater as well under the same name. Chittenden's speculation contradicts the earliest published description of the site in Washington Irving's account of Captain Benjamin L.E. Bonneville's journals of Bonneville's scouts' visit to the location in 1833, the same year that another of Bonneville's survey parties discovered the geyser basins of Yellowstone along the Firehole River.
The sights, sounds, and smells of a morning in the Norris Geyser Basin could easily make one wonder if they were indeed about to enter a path into hell. I actually found my walk there to be rather heavenly.
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