|Along Gardiner River, Gardiner River Canyon
Yellowstone National Park
by Detroit Publishing Company
In Yellowstone's early years, most visitors arrived via the Northern Pacific Railroad. They traveled from the east or west to Billings, where they took a spur line (added in 1903) to Gardiner, the Montana town at Yellowstone's northern entrance. From there, most visitors boarded 6-horse tally-ho wagons, like the one shown in this Detroit Publishing Company "Phostint" postcard, for a twisting, dusty 5-mile uphill trip to the National Hotel in Mammoth Hot Springs. Later, they boarded smaller stagecoaches or private buggies for the grand tour of the park.
Stagecoach drivers were among the elite of Yellowstone's employees, and were the highest paid.
A landmark along the Gardiner-to-Mammoth route was Eagle's Nest Rock. About a mile south of the north entrance, this pinnacle was often pointed out by local stagecoach drivers. However, the birds that have nested here over the years have been ospreys or fish hawks, not eagles.
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