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Surreys

(YELL 106513) Joubert & White surrey in the park's museum collection.
This type of surrey was built by the Joubert & White Company of Glens Falls, New York, and is sometimes referred to as a "Glens Falls buckboard". This specific example has commonly been referred to as the "Paymaster's buggy", but research suggests that before 1912, the U.S. Army used only Abbot-Downing Company Concord buggies. Judge John W. Meldrum (the fourth U.S. commissioner in Yellowstone) may have used this surrey; the style of the vehicle number, however, suggests it may have been part of the Yellowstone Park Transportation Company fleet prior to 1917. Vehicles of this type would have been available to small private parties touring the park. It was collected from a loft in the park's old fire cache in 1996. The body was found separated from the undercarriage, with only three wheels (two originals and one reproduction), which were also detached. A fourth wheel was fabricated and the other three wheels trued, and the body was reattached to the undercarriage.
 
(YELL 41295) Two-seat surrey very similar to the vehicle in the park's museum collection. The vehicle appears to be in the blacksmith's shop for repairs to one of the wheels.
This surrey features an exterior rear compartment, rubber coated canvas roof, flannel headliner, gold fringe around the canopy edges, and brown leather tuck and pleat upholstery on the back rests. The body has a natural wood finish with "240" painted in gold on each side of the front seat. The floor and underside are painted tan. "1905/ may 20" was written in pencil on the underside of the body apparently while the paint was still wet. The serial number "908" is stamped on the leading edge of each seat and on top of the wooden spring block.

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(YELL 106513) Joubert & White surrey in the park's museum collection.

(YELL 41295) Two-seat surrey very similar to the vehicle in the park's museum collection. The vehicle appears to be in the blacksmith's shop for repairs to one of the wheels.

Did You Know?

Summer Crowd at Old Faithful.

At peak summer levels, 3,500 employees work for Yellowstone National Park concessioners and about 800 work for the National Park Service.