"The Army Years" Buildings/Vistor Centers Tip by annk
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From its inception in 1872, the park was seriously threatened by poachers that killed animals, souvenir hunters breaking off pieces of geysers and developers that set up camps by hot springs. Civilians were hired to patrol the park but the plan was underfunded and understaffed. In 1886 the U.S. Army stepped in with continued service for 32 years until the Park Service took over.
Fort Yellowstone was established in the Mammoth Hot Springs area and included officer's quarters, a guardhouse, headquarters building, barracks and stables. Most of the buildings still stand today and are used by the National Park Service. Access to the buildings is denied, but a self-guided walking tour is available by picking up a Fort Yellowstone walking guide for .50.
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