Mounted Cavalry Drill on parade ground at Fort Yellowstone.
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superintendents followed, but without adequate help, Yellowstone's
natural resources were being destroyed as poachers killed animals,
souvenir hunters broke off pieces of geological formations, and developers
established numerous tourist camps.
As a result, the park turned to the U.S. Army
for help. In August, 1886, the army arrived to begin what would be
more than 30 years of military presence at Yellowstone. After living in temporary frame buildings at Camp Sheridan and enduring
five cold winters, the Army realized there was no end in sight for the
assignment and asked Congress for funds to establish a permanent post.
Yellowstone was completed by late 1891 and as more troops were needed,
additional buildings were constructed including officers' quarters, a
guard house, headquarters, stables and barracks for the enlisted men.
height of the Army's presence in Yellowstone in 1910, there were 324
soldiers stationed at
Yellowstone. The Army continued to manage the park until 1918, when the newly
Park Service assumed the management.
is one of the most popular
parks in the United States due to its numerous natural wonders. Visitors to the park will experience the sights of hot springs, canyons,
geysers, lakes and abundant wildlife. Activities for visitors
include fishing, boating, hiking, camping, not to mention the opportunity
to view wildlife which includes
moose, bighorn sheep, elk and more.
A couple of notices to
potential visitors include:
Due to the geothermal
activities of the park, the odor of sulfur is common in some areas and
visitors with respiratory difficulties should consult their doctors
Though they may "look"
friendly, visitors should never approach wildlife.
Stay on safe trails, as
outside of these can be found boiling liquids and toxic gas.
Lodging, ranging from
hotel to cabin accommodations, exist at eleven locations within park
Did You Know?
There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in
Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25
yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.
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