Agates and Tarballs: Sept. 3A Tarball from a reader for how Two Harbors presents itself to visitors: Those who came on the steam train this past weekend and walked down to the park to see the Edna G were greeted with a pretty sad sight.
A Tarball from a reader for how Two Harbors presents itself to visitors: Those who came on the steam train this past weekend and walked down to the park to see the Edna G were greeted with a pretty sad sight. The garbage cans were overflowing Saturday and garbage was on the ground Sunday. And those six flag poles have only two Welcome flags and they look like rags. Looks like the area could use a little TLC.
And another reader has a Tarball for those who walk their dogs in Two Harbors parks and don’t clean up after them.
An Agate goes out to anyone who can provide some information for Lee Dalton. Let the News-Chronicle know and we will relay information to him.
Lee writes: Hazel Decker was from Two Harbors and spent several summers in Yellowstone National Park at Norris Geyser Basin waiting for Steamboat Geyser to erupt. Steamboat was the world’s largest geyser. In the 1960s Steamboat was erupting frequently and Mrs. Decker was able to witness a number of its eruptions – certainly more than any other person. In those days, things were a lot more laid back in the park and we permitted her to sleep in her car in a parking lot not far from the geyser. She is said to have witnessed somewhere between 12 and 20 Steamboat eruptions.
I had the privilege of getting to know her while I was a seasonal park ranger there from 1966 through 1968. Now I’m trying to prepare a biography or at least find some further information about her to deposit in the park’s Heritage Center library. It is extremely frustrating to realize now that apparently none of us who knew her ever took a photo.
Back then, we tended to save our shots for the park’s natural things rather than people. After all, each time we pushed the shutter button, it cost 50 cents.
We had a new geyser appear temporarily in the summer of 1967 and I took it upon myself to name it Decker Geyser (pictured above), a name that didn’t last because I was not aware that a policy existed that geysers couldn’t be named for people. There was a spot below Steamboat we called “Decker’s Island,” the place where she set up her lawn chair to await eruptions.
Rangers working today frequently include stories – or legends – about Mrs. Decker in presentations to visitors, but none of them have any real details of who she was.
I hope to be able to change that and hope we may find some more information perhaps from some of her descendants in the Two Harbors area. Any help you may be able to provide is greatly appreciated.
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