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Yellowstone by Train
By Thornton Waite
Thornton Waite does a great job of presenting the history of Yellowstone Park from its establishment by Congress and the Northern Pacific in 1872 until the end of rail transportation to the Park in the 1960s. Five different railroads served the five Yellowstone Park entrances over the course of almost 100 years. The Northern Pacific began taking tourists to the north entrance at Gardiner with the completion of its main line in 1883, followed by the CB&Q through the east entrance from Cody, Wyoming in 1901. The Union Pacific ran to the west entrance in 1907, and the Chicago & NorthWestern built a line to Lander, Wyoming with a 150-mile bus service to the Park’s south entrance in 1926. The Milwaukee Road completed its line to the Gallatin Gateway and reached the west entrance with a 100-mile bus link, and the Northern Pacific opened its second access point via Red Lodge and the spectacular 68-mile Bear Tooth Highway in 1936. Although the Union Pacific route proved the most popular and handled close to 50% of the rail visitors, all the railroads used the Park in their advertising to promote the West. The excellently researched book features 150 color and black and white photos. Softcover, 168 pages, 8 1/2 x 11".