Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
From Soldier to Ranger
The National Park Service Act was signed on August 25, 1916. About one month later on September 30th, twenty-three soldiers were discharged from the army to be hired by the civilian agency as the first rangers in Yellowstone. Included with the soldiers were some of the one-time civilian scouts who had led the soldiers in patrolling the backcountry for poachers. These first rangers, like modern rangers, took pride in the ability to “do it all” including fighting wildfires, investigating accidents, controlling traffic, providing park visitors with information and patrolling the backcountry.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 58.595′ N, 110° 41.934′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on Officers Row, 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. A different marker also named From Soldier to Ranger (was a few steps from this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Fort Yellowstone (within shouting Welcome to Historic Fort Yellowstone (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Fort Yellowstone National Historic Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); The Parade Ground (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Post Exchange (about 300 feet away); Elk Rut (about 300 feet away); Life in the Fort (about 400 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 soldiers posing in front of the barracks. It has a caption of “The Army’s legacy is visible in wood and stone, and in the very survival of Yellowstone as one of the world’s great symbols of the National Park idea.”
The upper right of the marker contains photos of Ranger Herma Albertson, c. 1925; and Harry Yount who was a gamekeeper in Yellowstone from 1880-1881 and is considered the first ranger.
Related markers. Click here for 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 203 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.