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At the north entrance to Yellowstone is the Roosevelt Arch. It was constructed under the supervision of the U.S. Army at Fort Yellowstone. The entrance is in the town of Gardiner, Montana.

I don't go through this entrance as often because it's farther away from me, but I always try to have a look when I can. It's quite imposing and a rather fun way to enter the park. Sort of like the Jurassic Park entrance. LOL

The top of the arch has an inscription. It's a quote from the Organic Act of 1872, the legislation which created Yellowstone, and it reads, "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People." Folks would enter the park in 1903 by horse-drawn coaches.

Construction of the arch began on February 19, 1903, and was completed on August 15, 1903, at a cost of about $10,000. The design of the Roosevelt Arch has been attributed to architect Robert Reamer, but documentation is inconclusive. The idea of the arch is attributed to Hiram Martin Chittenden. Several thousand people came to Gardiner for the dedication, including John F. Yancey, who caught a chill and died in Gardiner as a result.

The archway was built at the north entrance, which was the first major entrance for Yellowstone. President Theodore Roosevelt was visiting Yellowstone during construction and was asked to place the cornerstone for the arch, which then took his name. The cornerstone Roosevelt laid covered a time capsule that contains a Bible, a picture of Roosevelt, local newspapers, and other items.

If you like history as much as I do, or if you just want to take a great selfie of yourself entering the park, the North Entrance is the one you want. =]:)

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