Albright Visitor Center, Yellowstone National Park

 
Albright Visitor Center and Museum, part of the Fort Yellowstone complex, is more than an information point. In addition to the requisite maps and brochures, the center boasts history and wildlife exhibits as well as two art displays and video showings. Learn about the human history of the Yellowstone – Native Americans, explorers, mountain men and Army Corps. See reproductions of watercolors by Thomas Moran. View original photographs by William Henry Jackson. Watch one of three films about Yellowstone National Park.

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Nat’l Park, Wyoming 82190 | +1 307 344 2263 | Website

Fort Yellowstone

Fort Yellowstone

J. Schmidt, courtesy of National Park Service

Fort Yellowstone

J. Schmidt, courtesy of National Park Service

Elk Calf, Mammoth Hot Springs

Elk Calf, Mammoth Hot Springs

Jim Peaco, courtesy of National Park Service

Fort Yellowstone

Fort Yellowstone

Jim Peaco, courtesy of National Park Service

 
Fort Yellowstone
Fort Yellowstone

Fort Yellowstone

Jim Peaco, courtesy of National Park Service

 

The red-roofed, multi-chimneyed buildings found in Mammoth Hot Springs once housed the U.S. Calvary. Why did Yellowstone need an army post? When the park was established in 1872, it was attacked on many fronts. Poachers hunted illegally. Souvenir hunters stole pieces of hot springs. Developers set up camps wherever they pleased. The park's small staff was inexperienced. Yellowstone had no funds for administration. To resolve the dilemma, the Secretary of the Interior called in the army. The first soldiers arrived in 1886 and quickly established Fort Yellowstone. The Calvary safeguarded Yellowstone National Park for 30 years to 1916.

 
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