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    Yellowstone

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Observation Wagons

(YELL 90065) 4-Horse Yellowstone Observation Wagon, Yellowstone Park Company Number 39, in the park's museum collection.
4-Horse Yellowstone Observation Wagon, Yellowstone Park Company "39". Museum Catalog Number YELL 90065. The wooden body of this stagecoach features a passenger compartment with three forward facing seats. Leather thorough braces are attached below the compartment for shock absorption. The driver's box in front has a seat for the driver on the right side (beside the brake handle). A leather luggage boot is mounted to the exterior aft section of the stage. The body is painted yellow, and the undercarriage is yellow with black pin striping. "YELLOWSTONE PARK CO." is in black along the passenger compartment panels. A YP Co. circular logo decal (red, white and blue with a bear at the center) and "39" painted in black are on each side of the driver's box.
 
(YELL 36451) Driver and passengers posed with a four-horse Yellowstone Observation Wagon similar to the vehicle in the park's museum collection.
This coach and others like it were custom built by the Abbot-Downing Company for the YPT Co. specifically for touring Yellowstone National Park. After the stagecoach era, it was probably used at Roosevelt Lodge for visitor entertainment and parts were continuously repaired and replaced over time to keep the vehicle in service. Non-original components include seat cushions and seat back upholstery, and numerous segments of the body and hardwood fittings. Despite these modifications, it still retains a fairly original appearance, particularly in comparison to other coaches in the collection.
 
(YELL 36444) The Yellowstone Park Transportation Company stagecoach washing facility in Mammoth Hot Springs. The company also had a blacksmith shop, as well as painting and repair operations at Mammoth.
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(YELL 90065) 4-Horse Yellowstone Observation Wagon, Yellowstone Park Company Number 39, in the park's museum collection.

(YELL 36451) Driver and passengers posed with a four-horse Yellowstone Observation Wagon similar to the vehicle in the park's museum collection.

(YELL 36444) The Yellowstone Park Transportation Company stagecoach washing facility in Mammoth Hot Springs. The company also had a blacksmith shop, as well as painting and repair operations at Mammoth.

Did You Know?

Bear Cubs

Even though the animals of Yellowstone seem tame they are still wild. Feeding the animals is not permitted in any way, and all visitors must keep 100 yards away from wolves and bears, and 25 yards from other animals.