Category: 125th Anniversary

YELLOWSTONE BEGINS CELEBRATION OF ITS 125th ANNIVERSARY

  “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the tract of land in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming, lying near the headwaters of the Yellowstone river . . . is hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale under the […]

YELLOWSTONE IS ESTABLISHED AS THE FIRST NATIONAL PARK

Yellowstone National Park–some say it is America’s greatest contribution to world culture– the best idea we ever had. Yet when President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone Park Act on March 1, 1872, the preservation of a park more than 3,300 square miles in size was a radical idea. This was a time when natural […]

ORIGIN OF THE NAME “YELLOWSTONE”

“Yellowstone” is the oldest and most important of the park’s place names, dating back to the late eighteenth century. The name was first applied to the 671-mile-long river that begins just south of the present park and flows into the Missouri River at present-day Williston, North Dakota.The earliest known appearance of the name occurs on […]

EARLY EXPEDITIONS TO YELLOWSTONE

It is a testimonial to the spectacular nature of the wonders of Yellowstone that three “discovery” expeditions were required before the American public would believe that such a place existed. Exploring parties of 1869, 1870, and 1871 each played a role in revealing Yellowstone to the world.In September of 1869, three prospectors from Diamond City […]

GEYSERS, MUDPOTS, FUMAROLES, AND HOT SPRINGS:

“. . . and behold! The whole country beyond was smoking with vapor from boiling springs; and burning with gases issuing from small craters, each of which was emitting a sharp, whistling sound.” So wrote fur trapper Joe Meek in 1829.The rare, spectacular wonders Meek spoke about along with bubbling mudpots and erupting geysers are […]

LAND OF FIRE AND ICE

When someone mentions the word “volcano,” what do you think of–Mount St. Helens in Washington, Kilauea in Hawaii, Mount Etna in Italy? Or do you think of Yellowstone? Although we have come to expect earthquakes in this region, most of us do not associate a volcano with our first national park. However, in the past […]

THE HISTORY OF BISON IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

The history of bison and their management in Yellowstone National Park could be described as cycles of endless bounty followed by scarcity. Most people know that vast herds of bison, or buffalo as they are more commonly called, once filled the North American continent. Estimates suggest that as many as 65 million bison roamed North […]

EARLY VISITORS TO THE PARK

As the roads are cleared of their last vestiges of winter snows, and hotels and campgrounds are cleaned and readied for this summer’s visitors, it is interesting to think about how people used to travel to Yellowstone to see its wonders.Of course, Yellowstone’s earliest visitors were its earliest residents. American Indians lived in the region […]

THE ROOSEVELT ARCH, YELLOWSTONE’S HISTORIC GATEWAY

“It is a pleasure now to say a few words to you at the laying of the corner stone of the beautiful arch which is to mark the entrance to this park. Yellowstone Park is something absolutely unique in the world so far as I know. Nowhere else in any civilized country is there to […]

OLD FAITHFUL INN HISTORY

Friday, May 2, 1997, is the opening day of Yellowstone National Park’s most famous building, the Old Faithful Inn. Overlooking Old Faithful Geyser and the Upper Geyser Basin, the Inn has been the most celebrated structure in Yellowstone since it first opened in June of 1904. The Inn is also a standing tribute to a […]

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