Kevin Costner hosts series exploring Yellowstone at 150 years old

Actor Kevin Costner spent a week filming the series this past spring, just before the park saw an historic flood in June that wiped out roads, bridges, campgrounds and other Yellowstone National Park facilities.

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In 2021, Kevin Costner took interest in a different Yellowstone than the television series he’s worked on for the past six years.

Marc Pierce, executive producer and CEO of Montana-based Warm Springs Productions, went to Costner with a pitch to be the narrator and host of “Yellowstone One-Fifty,” a four-part series told from the historical perspective of the 1871 expedition led by geologist Ferdinand V. Hayden to explore the region.

It was Hayden and his group – which included a topographer, meteorologist, zoologist, botanists, a photographer and artist – that gave the world the first photographs, paintings and scientific reports on the unique area, capturing imaginations with fantastic tales of geysers, burbling mudpots and a giant waterfall. The next year, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law. This year is the park’s 150th anniversary.

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