Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Protecting Yellowstone’s wildlife and natural wonders was the primary aim of the army. An important part of this duty was managing the growing visitation to the park and watching for “shady characters.”
Park roads were once aligned so that the guardhouse controlled traffic into Yellowstone from the north. Here, soldiers contacted each party and entered the name of the driver, passengers, and type of rig into a large ledger. Guns not held at the guardhouse were sealed on the spot. They were checked at each outpost enroute, where soldiers certified on a form that the seal remained intact. Before visitors left the park, the form was scrutinized at an exit station.
Erected by Yellowstone National Park.
Location. 44° 58.427′ N, 110° 41.947′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on Grand Loop Road, on the left when traveling south. 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. At Guard (a few steps from this marker); A Sense of Community (within shouting A Most Fortunate Thing... (within shouting distance of this marker); Crime in Wonderland (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named A Sense of Community (about 400 feet away); Yellowstone National Park Chapel (about 500 feet away); A Soldier’s Life (about 600 feet away); A Good Duty Station (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a photograph depicting “Guard duty, 1903. Note the bars on the window far right of photograph --- the guardhouse was designed to hold fifteen prisoners.”
At the bottom left of the marker is the “ ‘Mug shot’ of George Broadbent, arrested in 1907 in the southwest corner of the park for poaching. It took six days to travel the 127 miles to Fort Yellowstone for trial. George served three days in the guardhouse and paid his fine.”
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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 221 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.