Near Gardiner in Park County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
Historic Gateway - Symbol of an Idea
Captain Hiram M. Chittenden, director of road construction, decided that the park's primary entrance deserved a formal structure to improve and dramatize the appearance of the dusty staging area. During the spring of 1903, a fifty-foot high stone archway was built to face the train depot. From there, the arch's inscription, "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People" welcomed visitors.
Today, the Roosevelt Arch has become one of the great symbols of the national park idea. Throughout the United States and around the world, places of outstanding natural and cultural significance have been preserved for the benefit of humankind. This idea, first officially sanctioned with the creation of Yellowstone National Park, has been called "...the best idea America ever had."
Background Photo Caption - By 1927, landscaping further enhanced the road winding from the train depot to Roosevelt
Inset Photo Caption - President Theodore Roosevelt presiding over dedication ceremonies on April 24, 1903. Over time, the structure has become known as the Roosevelt Arch.
Location. 45° 1.727′ N, 110° 42.443′ W. Marker is near Gardiner, Montana, in Park County. Marker is on North Entrance Road 0.1 miles south of West Park Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. North Entrance Road is also known as US Route 89, but in Yellowstone National Park, it is better known as North Entrance Road. Marker is in this post office area: Gardiner MT 59030, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Wildlife Paradise (approx. ¾ mile away); Yellowstone's Northern Range (approx. ¾ mile away); Wildlife Migrations (approx. one mile away); Wildlife of the Northern Range (approx. one mile away); Boiling River Trail (approx. 2.6 miles away in Wyoming); Mt. Everts Mudslides (approx. 3.6 miles away in Wyoming); Mail Carrier’s Cabin (approx. 3.6 miles away in Wyoming); Road Builders (approx. 3.6 miles away in Wyoming). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gardiner.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 27, 2011, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 844 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on February 27, 2011, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.