North Entrance Road Historic District

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North Entrance Road Historic District
North Entrance Road Historic District is located in Montana
North Entrance Road Historic District
Nearest city Yellowstone National Park, Montana and Wyoming
Coordinates 45°0′24″N 110°41′58″W / 45.00667°N 110.69944°W / 45.00667; -110.69944Coordinates: 45°0′24″N 110°41′58″W / 45.00667°N 110.69944°W / 45.00667; -110.69944
Built 1883
Architect COE
Architectural style Other
Governing body National Park Service
MPS Yellowstone National Park MPS
NRHP Reference # 02000529 and 02000530
Added to NRHP May 22, 2002[1]

The North Entrance Road Historic District comprises Yellowstone National Park's North Entrance Road from Gardiner, Montana to the park headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming, a distance of a little over five miles (8 km). The North Entrance Road was the first major road in the park, necessary to join the U.S. Army station at Fort Yellowstone to the Northern Pacific Railroad at Gardiner. The road includes the Roosevelt Arch at the northern boundary of the park and winds through rolling terrain before crossing the Gardner River and joining the Grand Loop Road.[2] The road was planned in 1883 by Lieutenant Dan Kingman of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and later on improved by Captain Hiram M. Chittenden of the Corps.,.[3][4] It replaced the old Gardiner High Road which went from behind the Mammoth Hotel north over the ridges west of the river to the town of Gardiner. The first permanent entrance station to house rangers checking vehicle entering the park was constructed in 1921. It replaced temporary tents used by rangers at the Roosevelt Arch.[5]

The North Entrance Road is an unsigned portion of US 89.

Images of the North Entrance Road Historic District
Gardner River Crossing, 1901 
Lower Gardner River, 1923 
Grand Loop bridge over Gardner River 
Northern Pacific Railroad Terminal at northern end of road. 
Stagecoaches en route to Mammoth, 1904 
Stagecoaches at Mammoth 
Lower Gardner River road, 1912 
North Entrance Station, 1922 
North Entrance Station, 1936 
New North Entrance Station, 1938 
North Entrance Station, 1949 
North Entrance Station, 1990 

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "North Entrance Road Historic District". National Register of Historic Places. Wyoming State Preservation Office. 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ Marcy Shivers Culpin, Christine Whitacre, Catherine Lentz and Lon Johnson (2001). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: North Entrance Road Historic District" (pdf). National Park Service. 
  4. ^ Bartlett, Richard A. (1989). Yellowstone-A Wilderness Besieged. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press. pp. 75–80. ISBN 0-8165-1098-9. 
  5. ^ Culpin, Mary Shivers (1994). The History of the Construction of the Road System of Yellowstone National Park 1872-1966 (Report). National Park Service. p. 299. 

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