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West Yellowstone in Gallatin County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Union Pacific Identification Pylon

 
 
Union Pacific Identification Pylon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 13, 2017
1. Union Pacific Identification Pylon Marker
Inscription.
This Property
Contributes To The
West Yellowstone Oregon
Shortline Terminus
Historic District
Listed In The
National Register
of
Historic Places
By the United States
Department
of
Interior
In Cooperation With
The
Montana
Historical
Society


Rail-based tourism added significantly to Montana's economy at the turn of the century with tourists spending $500,000 in the state each year from 1900 through 1910. The railroad-related buildings scattered near the entrance to Yellowstone Park serve as reminders that the town of West Yellowstone was born because of the railroad. This pylon rises from green grass speckled with wild parsley against a wooded backdrop, defining the eastern boundary of the historic district. Its construction and dedication in 1910 marked the completion of the railroad terminus and the beginning of development by the Union Pacific for the accommodation of tourists en route to the park. Two cement shields of the 1904-1912 Union Pacific logo are mounted on a base of randomly placed welded tuff. The same shield, borrowed in 1905 by the newly created U.S. Forest Service, still identifies that agency today. The West Yellowstone marker symbolizes tourism in its infancy when railroad travel made the national parks more
Union Pacific Identification Pylon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 13, 2017
2. Union Pacific Identification Pylon Marker
accessible to all. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Location. 44° 39.51′ N, 111° 5.85′ W. Marker is in West Yellowstone, Montana, in Gallatin County. Marker is at the intersection of Yellowstone Avenue (U.S. 191) and Boundary Street, on the right when traveling east on Yellowstone Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Yellowstone MT 59758, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Madison River (approx. 3.1 miles away in Wyoming); Land of Lodgepoles (approx. 3.1 miles away in Wyoming); Southern Gallatin County (approx. 8.2 miles away); Hebgen Lake and Quake Lake (approx. 10.5 miles away).
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Union Pacific Identification Pylon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, May 13, 2017
3. Union Pacific Identification Pylon Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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