"There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Monday, August 31, 2009

"For the benefit and enjoyment of the people..."

This is the arch at the North Entrance. It was dedicated in 1903 when Theodore Roosevelt laid the cornerstone. It was designed by Hiram Chittenden (who also designed the original Fishing Bridge and the Chittenden Bridge - which was replaced in 1962 and named the Chittenden Memorial Bridge). It was built for the cost of $10,000. Besides the Old Faithful Inn this is probably the most well known man made structure associated with Yellowstone.