From Soldier to Ranger

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Location: Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 Park County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 58.592', W 110° 41.941'

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In 1912, President Taft in a special message to Congress said:

"I earnestly recommend the establishment of a bureau of National Parks. Such legislation is essential to the proper management of those wonderful manifestations of nature, so startling and so beautiful that everyone recognizes the obligations of the government to preserve them for the edification and recreation of the people."

The National Park Service Act was signed on August 25, 1916. Soon after, soldiers were discharged from the Army to form the first ranks of park rangers and a maintenance force. The National Park Service took over protection of Yellowstone National Park, "by arrangement with the War Department, and with its hearty cooperation," on October 1, 1916. Though local opposition resulted in one last episode of Army residency, the National Park Service assumed full administrative responsibilities in 1918.

.Fort Yellowstone was officially transferred to the new civilian agency. However, the Army's legacy is visible in wood and stone, and in the very survival of Yellowstone as one of the world's great symbols of the National Park idea.

Inset captions: 1) Seventh Cavalry, Troop G collar insignia, 2) National Park Service Badge, 3) Troop F, First U.S. Cavalry in front of enlisted men's barracks, 1913.
HM NumberHMR6I
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 10:49am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 523731 N 4980387
Decimal Degrees44.97653333, -110.69901667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 58.592', W 110° 41.941'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 58' 35.52" N, 110° 41' 56.46" W
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Area Code(s)307
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4221-4401 Officers Row, Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, US
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