Historical Timeline


The following timeline is not exhaustive. It merely serves as a brief introduction to the history of Yellowstone National Park. References cited are from Aubrey L. Haines, The Yellowstone Story, Volumes 1 and 2, 1977 editions.

1795-1871: The Pre-Park Years

Tall tales, mystery, and the fur trappers
1872-1915: The Early
Capturing the American imagination

 1916-1971: The Age of the Automobile
Yellowstone, America’s Pleasuring Ground

1972-Present: The Second Century
Restoring a
nd Preserving Yellowstone’s
Fragile Ecosystem