East Entrance Golden Gate

This was a familiar scene for early 20th Century coach tourists on the morning of their first day out from Mammoth Hot Springs en route to Fountain Hotel in the Lower Geyser Basin for the next evening's rest. The distinctive vertical rock can still be found at Golden Gate, though renovations over the years have widened this once-narrow ledge to accommodate two full-size lanes of traffic and added much safer guard rails than the weathered boards shown in this postcard. Although a tunnel was once attempted at a lower elevation, the rock was too unstable and the attempt proved unsuccessful. This portion of the road was closed by damage following the August 1959 earthquake until a more secure rebuilt Golden Gate was completed.
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