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David Brightbill
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West Thumb, 1969

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Where have you lived and worked?
California, Greece, Belgium, Netherlands, Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
About Me:
Old guy
Last Seasonal Job:
Yellowstone National Park, 1969. I was a boat docker/fishing guide.
Dream Job:
Ambassador to Russia

Whatever happened to West Thumb

A few years back, I took my kids to see Yellowstone. I was sad to see that the cabins, I lived in back in '69 were long gone. The road to the cabins, the bridge, the washhouse and even our little cafe were gone with no traces.

I'm wondering if there are any oldsters who remember West Thumb back in the day.

David Brightbill's Blog

My experience at the Inauguration.

Posted on January 25, 2009 at 9:13pm 0 Comments

I took the train to Washington DC for the Inauguration last week. This weekend I put up a podcast about my experience there.

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At 4:56pm on December 27, 2008, Art Koff said…
Hey David,

I visited Yellowstone in 51 while I was working on a ranch in Big Timber Montana. When I returned in the 80's I hardly recognized the place.

You said your dream job would be Ambassador to Russia. I'd love to hear a bit more about why and what you would hope to accomplish as Ambassador. Do you speak Russian or is your family of Russian heritage? My grandparents came over from Russia but I never learned the language.

At 3:32pm on December 27, 2008, David Brightbill said…
It was a summer of adventure. I spent a couple of nights in employee housing in Mammoth when I first arrived because West Thumb wasn't open yet for the season. On my first night in Mammoth, I let a hitchhiker spend the night in the room. The next day, the FBI came and visited me looking for him (awol headed for Canada I guess).

West Thumb had a gas station, a small store, a fast food/ice cream YPC place, a campground and the cabins that the boat dockers lived in. We were a pretty wild bunch and lucky to live in cabins in the woods instead of a dorm. I spent my time off hanging with friends, hiking and hanging at the cabin.
At 5:23pm on December 11, 2008, Stir said…
Hey Fellow Old Dude!

I worked in Mammoth, for Hamilton Stores in the summer of 1969. I think I only got over to West Thumb a couple of times, so I don't remember too much about it.

One of my favorite haunts in Mammoth was the Hamilton Coffee/Gift Shop. Not only was it stocked with lots of nice sales merchandise, it was also stocked with beautiful girls!

I'd like to hear some of your stories from that summer. It was a great summer, as I look back. I'm thinking of going back to work in the park when I retire.


another old dude, Stir

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