A Most Fortunate Thing...
In the winter of 1894, soldiers caught the notorious poacher Ed Howell killing buffalo. Because no laws existed to prosecute Howell, public indignation caused Representative Lacey of Iowa to propose a bill "to protect the birds and animals in Yellowstone National Park, and to punish crimes in said park..."
The House and Senate quickly passed what became known as the Lacey Act. This and other laws enacted after Howell's capture were called by Yellowstone's Commander, Captain Anderson, "the most fortunate thing that ever happened to the park."
1) This new guardhouse (green building, end of row) was built in 1911 and stills serves as the lockup for violators of the regulations protecting visitors and the wonders of Yellowstone National Park.
2) Officers of the Sixth Cavalry pose with confiscated buffalo heads-probably
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 44° 58.456′ N, 110° 41.909′ W. Marker was in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker was on Officer's Row 0.2 miles south of North Entrance Road - eastbound lanes, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is next to an asphalt sidewalk. Marker was in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Crime in Wonderland (a few steps from this marker); At Guard (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Guard Duty (within shouting distance of this marker); A Soldier’s Life (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Sense of Community (was about 400 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); a different marker also named A Soldier's Life (was about 500 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); A Good Duty Station (was about 500 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); a different marker also named A Sense of Community (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mammoth Hot Springs.
More about this marker. This marker has been removed and replaced with a new marker nearby called Crime in Wonderland.
Also see . . . Expedition Yellowstone Forest and Stream Articles. The National Park Service provides the (Submitted on September 10, 2015.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2011, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 691 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on September 11, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 16, 2011, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. 3. submitted on September 10, 2015. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.