Touring Yellowstone Before the Automobile

Yellowstone National Park is celebrating its one hundred twenty-fifth anniversary this year. In 1872, Congress set aside Yellowstone as a "public park and pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." Visitors came from all over the world to see the famous geysers, mineral pools, canyons, wildlife, and waterfalls. Most traveled by rail to the park, then took organized stage tours along the Grand Loop Road. Highlights of the tour appeared as postcards, colored prints, stereopticon views and other souvenirs.

Park roads and transportation facilities played an important role in promoting Yellowstone, adding to its success and wide appeal. Four of the park features that were promoted are depicted here through postcards which date between 1900 and 1920. You may either explore them in order by following the 'road signs' or select the topic of your choice from the roadway at any time.

Park Transportation
Grand Loop Road

Grand Hotels Camping the 'Wylie Way'

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