Many people are familiar with the old west explorer and fur trapper Joe Meek. Meek went into and wrote about Yellowstone Park.
So could his name actually be the “meek” in the poem? Forest Fenn didn’t capitalize meek in the poem, but we know that FF likes to bend the rules. Could it be that meek is a proper name and Brown was not?
As far as I can tell, the area of the park that Meek visited was near the Norris Geyser basin area.
From what I have read so far, Meek sort of entered the park “accidentally.” He was separated from his crew of travelers when the were attacked by native Americans. He eventually found the group and survived the ordeal.
It doesn’t seem like Meek really spent a lot of time in YS or made a big impact there.
It looks like Meek is really mostly associated with the Oregon area, and of course OR is not in the official map area.
So as of now I doubt that this theory holds up, but who the heck knows? Only FF knows…