Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Parade Ground
Gathering place, training ground, site of ceremonies and parades – the drill field was the focal point of daily life at Fort Yellowstone.
Each day began early with a bugler sounding reveille. Gradually, the fort came to life, and another bugle call brought horse-mounted soldiers trotting onto the field for the flag raising. Assignments were announced and troopers headed out to patrol Mammoth Hot Spring terraces. Those remaining behind assumed the never-ending task of caring for the post’s horses, guard duty, or a work detail.
At dusk, the bugler called all troopers back to the field for the lowering of the flag, and the day was concluded with a cannon firing from the top of Capitol Hill (to your left). Taps was played as lights winked out and quiet settled over the fort.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 58.584′ N, 110° 42.009′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on N Entrance Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Mammoth Hot Springs Area of Yellowstone National Park, across the street from the Albright Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Elk Rut (here, next to this marker); Fort Yellowstone National Historic Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Historic Fort Yellowstone (within shouting distance of this marker); Road Builders (within shouting distance of this marker in Montana); a different marker also named Road Builders (within shouting distance of this marker); The Drill Field (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Soldier to Ranger (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named From Soldier to Ranger (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a photograph of the 1st U.S. Cavalry assembled n the parade ground.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. See all of the markers on the Fort Yellowstone walking tour.
Categories. • Military •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 13, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 144 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 13, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.