100 Years in Yellowstone - Then and Now - My Yellowstone Park

100 Years in Yellowstone - Then and Now

Forty-four years after Yellowstone became a national park, the National Park Service was established on Aug. 25, 1916.
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In the 101 years since the NPS took over park management, Yellowstone National Park has changed profoundly. Here's how things looked in 1916 compared to 2016.

Early Yellowstone visitors at Handkerchief Pool (1923). Photo courtesy NPS

Early Yellowstone visitors at Handkerchief Pool (1923). Photo courtesy NPS

2015

1916

4,097,710
park visitors

35,849
park visitors

A stagecoach leaving the Gardiner train station headed to Yellowstone (1904). Photo courtesy NPS

A stagecoach leaving the Gardiner train station headed to Yellowstone (1904). Photo courtesy NPS

2016

1916

0
train stations at entrance towns

5
train stations, the closest being Gardiner and West Yellowstone

The Old Faithful Inn in 1912. Photo courtesy NPS

The Old Faithful Inn in 1912. Photo courtesy NPS

2016

1916

$208
for a standard hotel room in Old Faithful Inn

$50
for an all-inclusive 5.25-day package that included lodging, meals and stagecoach tours

A car stuck on a muddy road in Yellowstone (1925). Photo courtesy NPS

A car stuck on a muddy road in Yellowstone (1925). Photo courtesy NPS

2016

1916

310
miles of paved roads

0
miles of paved roads

Cars driving under the Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone's north entrance (1924). Photo courtesy NPS

Cars driving under the Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone's north entrance (1924). Photo courtesy NPS

2016

1916

$30
park entrance fee

$5-10
park entrance fee, depending on the number of seats in your car

A Yellowstone park ranger feeding a marmot in the 1930s. Photo courtesy NPS

A Yellowstone park ranger feeding a marmot in the 1930s. Photo courtesy NPS

2016

1916

800
park rangers

~25
park rangers

Yellowstone's Mammoth Hotel in 1913. Photo courtesy NPS

Yellowstone's Mammoth Hotel in 1913. Photo courtesy NPS

2016

1916

9
park lodges

8
park lodges

Removing the snow with hand shovels on Swan Lake Flat (no date). Photo courtesy NPS

Removing the snow with hand shovels on Swan Lake Flat (no date). Photo courtesy NPS

2016

1916

12
months open to park visitors

2.5
months open to park visitors (June 15-Sept. 1)

"Half Dome, Apple Orchard, Yosemite,” Ansel Adams, April 1933 via Wikimedia Commons

"Half Dome, Apple Orchard, Yosemite,” Ansel Adams, April 1933 via Wikimedia Commons

2016

1916

410
national park sites across the nation

30
national park sites across the nation

Yellowstone rangers with coyote pelts in 1927. Photo courtesy NPS

Yellowstone rangers with coyote pelts in 1927. Photo courtesy NPS

2016

1916

99
wolves in the park

Darn-near 0
wolves in the park, according to park historian Lee Whittlesey

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The History of West Yellowstone

The trip E.H. Harriman, president of the Union Pacific Railroad, and Frank J. Haynes, president of Monida & Yellowstone Stage Line, made to Yellowstone National Park in 1905, led to the existence of the town of West Yellowstone.