Roosevelt Arch

Roosevelt Arch (HMR5F)

Location: Gardiner, MT 59030 Park County
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Country: United States of America
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N 45° 1.727', W 110° 42.443'

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Historic Gateway - Symbol of an Idea

When Yellowstone was established in 1872 as the world's first national park, it was remote and nearly inaccessible. Few "tourists" had the time or the means to travel here from the major cities of the east and west coasts. However, by 1903 the North Entrance to Yellowstone had become a bustling tourist destination. Most visitors arrived here by train, then boarded stagecoaches to begin the Grand Tour of Yellowstone's wonders.

Captain Hiram M. Chittenden, director of road construction, decided that the park's primary entrance deserved a formal structure to improve and dramatize the appearance of the dusty staging area. During the spring of 1903, a fifty-foot high stone archway was built to face the train depot. From there, the arch's inscription, "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People" welcomed visitors.

Today, the Roosevelt Arch has become one of the great symbols of the national park idea. Throughout the United States and around the world, places of outstanding natural and cultural significance have been preserved for the benefit of humankind. This idea, first officially sanctioned with the creation of Yellowstone National Park, has been called "...the best idea America ever had."

Background Photo Caption - By 1927, landscaping further enhanced the road winding from the train depot to Roosevelt Arch. Automobiles were changing how and where people travelled; by the 1940's the North Entrance would no longer be the primary route into the park.

Inset Photo Caption - President Theodore Roosevelt presiding over dedication ceremonies on April 24, 1903. Over time, the structure has become known as the Roosevelt Arch.
HM NumberHMR5F
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 6:17am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 523051 N 4986189
Decimal Degrees45.02878333, -110.70738333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 1.727', W 110° 42.443'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 1' 43.62" N, 110° 42' 26.58" W
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Area Code(s)406
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-320 W Park St, Gardiner MT 59030, US
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