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“Essential National Park History”

Fort Yellowstone Historic District
New York City, New York
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22 reviews
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“Essential National Park History”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2012

When Yellowstone first became a National Park, poachers acted with impuity. Souvenir hunters brazenly broke off pieces of geysers. The National Park Service and it's rangers were still many years away.

Enter the U.S. Cavalry - literally - like something out of an old western movie to save the day.

When it became evident that the Cavalry's presence would be long term, the errection of Fort Yellowstone, a series of lodgings and other facilities adjacent to Mammoth Hot Springs, was the result.

The handsome complex can be explored either by a self-guided tour or an evening Ranger tour, which I highly recommend. The Ranger tour covers the Cavalry history and building usage, and touches on the creative ways the Cavalry had to deal with offenders when the then current laws had not caught up with their function yet. Some of the buildings are still used today by higher-level NPS personnel - and "guests" of Yellowstone's still functioning jail.

As with the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel a short walk away, Fort Yellowstone is an excellent place to view Black-billed Magpies and - at dusk and dawn - Elk. Take care while walking between buildings not to accidentally startle these magnificent but potentially dangerous megafauna.

Visited September 2011
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“A fort built to pretect the park”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2012

Collect a trail guide from the Visitor Centre (50cents) and take a stroll around some of Fort Yellowstone's Historic Buildings. The guide explains how these buildings were used up to 1916 before the National Park Service was established. Without the Army protecting the natural wonders, what we can see today could have easily been destroyed.

It will not take long to follow the trail - it is flat and right by the visitor centre.

Visited June 2012
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