Defining the West: Yellowstone National Park in 1904

Created for the Northern Pacific Railroad, this 1904 view of Yellowstone National Park defined the West "” and this park in particular "” as a destination. The trains were successfully kept out of the park itself; instead, horse-drawn wagons carried passengers from the railroad station south into the park, toward the hotels and tourist sights. Yellowstone Lake is at the upper left and Old Faithful is at the upper right. The image may be somewhat disorienting to viewers, because the viewpoint is from Gardiner, Montana, in the north, looking south, to Wyoming, rather than the (more traditional) other way around.

H. (Henry) Wellge. Yellowstone National Park. Milwaukee: Northern Pacific Railroad, 1904.
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