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An Army quartermaster’s view of Yellowstone National Park in 1905

During the early days of Yellowstone National Park, the U.S. Army was called in to protect bison and other wildlife from poachers. Life wasn't easy — but it was interesting — for the soldiers who lived and worked in Yellowstone. Dave Crawforth has compiled a slide show that shows what life was like in 1905 when John Delmar, Sr. was an Army quartermaster stationed at Mammoth Hot Springs. The slideshow shows the people, buildings and wildlife of the time. It includes a look at the railroad depot at Gardiner, Mont. and the newly installed electric lights around Mammoth. Continue Reading →

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U.S. Army played critical early role in history of Yellowstone

The U.S. Army regulars in Yellowstone were generally a coarse bunch, trained on the western plains. At a monthly salary of $13, they were motivated less by pay than by “the tug of adventure.” They established the protective cover the park needed at the time to maintain its integrity as a preserve for nature and a playground for the public. Continue Reading →

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