Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
In 1883, when Lieutenant Dan C. Kingman and the Army Corps of Engineers arrived, the road situation was dismal. When the Corps left 35 year later, there were 400 miles of stable, secure roads which had been designed with the intent of allowing access to major points of interest, while preserving the land as “nearly . . . as nature left it.”
The Corps also improved life at Fort Yellowstone by constructing a hydroelectric power plant, which provided electricity for the fortís buildings, and developing a water system. Other contributions included landscaping, installing street lights, and concrete sidewalks.
“the greatest service which official authority [could] render to posterity [was] to maintain and transmit this possession as it came from the hand of Nature.”
Chief Engineer, 1883
“ . . . that [the land] will be preserved as nearly . . . as nature left it – a source of pleasure to all who visit it, and a source of wealth to no one.”
Chief Engineer, 1891-1892 and 1899-1906
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 58.614′ N, 110° 42.026′ Touch for map. Marker is located in the Mammoth Hot Springs Area of Yellowstone National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Road Builders (was here, next to this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Elk Rut (within shouting distance of this marker); The Parade Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Yellowstone (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Yellowstone † † National Historic Landmark (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Historic Fort Yellowstone (was about 300 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); From Soldier to Ranger (was about 400 feet away but has been reported permanently removed. ); a different marker also named From Soldier to Ranger (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
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.
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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 199 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.