Custer South Dakota Photographer Paul Horsted Announces New National Parks Book


Travel back in time and place to experience the grandeur and history of 24 of our most spectacular National Parks “then and now”. From the depths of the Grand Canyon to the Yosemite valley, from the shorelines of Acadia and Olympic to Yellowstone’s geysers, join photographer Paul Horsted in tracking down the sites where pioneering photographers set up their cameras long ago. In precisely-matched photo pairs you’ll see the beauty and history of our parks as they appear now and as they looked 75, 100, or even 150 years ago. GPS data is provided to guide you on your own National Park adventure! This beautiful, oversize 240-page book is an invaluable record of our parks for today, as well as a future reference for anyone who cares about these treasured landscapes. Available at

CUSTER, SD – “Treasures of the National Parks Yesterday and Today” is the title of a new coffee-table book from Custer-area photographer Paul Horsted. Horsted is known regionally for his books about the 1874 Custer Expedition, as well as his earlier “re-photography” of historic photo sites around the Black Hills and Yellowstone.

The photographer has now taken his skills on a cross-country trip, visiting 24 National Parks over a period of five years. He researched and located historic photo sites in each park, then created a new photo that matches exactly the angle and view of the old ones. Some of the sites were along roads or at popular overlooks, while others were in the backcountry, requiring overnight stays at remote locations in the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and elsewhere.

“I really enjoy tracking down these old photo sites, each one is like a treasure hunt”, said Horsted, adding “I think these ‘then and now’ images will interest anyone who loves our National Parks. It’s fun to look for changes and similarities between past and present.” GPS data is provided with each photo pair so anyone can now locate these historic places at each National Park in the book.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Moab, Utah.

Horsted will give a free presentation about the project at the Custer County Library (in the Pine Room) on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. A book signing will follow, and there will also be door prizes. He’s also signing books at Art Expressions Gallery in downtown Custer on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4-5:30 p.m.

The new book was designed by Horsted’s partner and wife, Camille Riner. It’s the fifth book of this type that the couple has produced in the past 15 years; with 240 pages in full color it retails at $45.00. It’s available at local art galleries and bookstores as well as at

Shipping book orders at the Custer, S.D. post office loading dock. (L-R) Camille Riner, Postmaster Larry Stalder and Paul Horsted. Photo: Paul Horsted/