|Leaving Gardiner's Station for Yellowstone National Park|
In Yellowstone's early years, before automobiles and buses were introduced into the park, most visitors came to Yellowstone by rail. The Northern Pacific Railroad ran a spur from Billings down to Gardiner, MT. Once at the Gardiner train depot, within view of Yellowstone's great stone arch (see postcard below), tourists boarded coaches and were transported approximately five miles south for their first night's lodging at Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs.
The Gardiner depot and the spur from Billings are no longer in existence, and the reflecting pool seen in the lower postcard is also gone.
The top postcard has a divided back and was produced by Bloom Brothers of Minneapolis. The postcard below also has a divided back and was produced by Edward H. Mitchell, San Francisco.
|Gardiner Depot and Stone Arch, Yellowstone National Park|
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