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Historic Vehicle Collection

(YELL 106386-1) Museum Technician Kirk Dietz performing preventative conservation treatment on one of the White Motor Company service trucks. On motorized vehicles, this process includes extensive cleaning, degreasing, lubricating and protecting the entire vehicle.
Yellowstone National Park's historic vehicle collection currently includes thirty horse-drawn and motorized vehicles. They range from stagecoaches operated by the Yellowstone Park Transportation Company (YPT Co., later the Yellowstone Park Company) and Monida and Yellowstone Stage Company (later the Yellowstone-Western Stage Company), to early YPT Co. touring cars, buses, and service trucks, to National Park Service (NPS) scooters and a fire engine. Also represented in the collection are numerous human-powered vehicles, to include fire hose carts and handcarts, or "Mollys" used by hotel maids and bellboys.

The vehicle collection is probably the largest in any unit of the NPS. Currently housed in an historic structure (a former YPT Co. structure built in 1925 to replace the original transportation facilities destroyed by fire), it is hoped that a more suitable storage/exhibit facility will eventually be constructed, possibly as a wing of the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center.
 
(Bldg 2009) This image depicts a portion of the historic vehicles currently in storage. Some of the vehicles have had their dust covers temporarily removed to illustrate the different models represented in the collection.
The majority of the vehicles were received from TW Recreational Services, Inc. (successor of the Yellowstone Park Company) in 1991. Others have been added to the collection (such as the Willys fire truck) when they become obsolete or surplus to NPS needs. Volunteers performed initial cleaning of the vehicles, and the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation have also provided funding for preservation and conservation efforts. More recently, federal funding has become available to allow for extensive preventative conservation treatment (cleaning and stabilizing the vehicles) by NPS staff. Some of the vehicles have been loaned to other museums and institutions for special exhibits, and the entire collection was the focus of a segment in "Hidden Yellowstone", a film aired by the Discovery Channel.

Photos:

(YELL 106386-1) Museum Technician Kirk Dietz performing preventative conservation treatment on one of the White Motor Company service trucks. On motorized vehicles, this process includes extensive cleaning, degreasing, lubricating and protecting the entire vehicle.

(Bldg 2009) This image depicts a portion of the historic vehicles currently in storage. Some of the vehicles have had their dust covers temporarily removed to illustrate the different models represented in the collection.

Did You Know?

Seventh Cavalry Ensignia Pin.

Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.