United States Roosevelt Arch

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Lewis Kemper

About This Spot

Roosevelt Arch was completed in 1903 to serve as the grand entrance to Yellowstone National Park. At the time this was the only entrance into the park. Before the mass production and use of automobiles most people traveled to the park via train. The train station in Gardiner was completed directly across from the arch. From there people would board horse drawn carriage and ride into the park under the arch. President Teddy Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the arch in a dedication ceremony where he spoke these words: “Nowhere else in any civilized country is there to be found such a tract of veritable wonderland made accessible to all visitors, where, at the same time, not only the scenery of the wilderness, but the wild creatures of the Park are scrupulously preserved as they were, the only change being that these same wild creatures have been so carefully protected as to show a literally astonishing tameness. The creation and preservation of such a great national playground in the interests of our people as a whole is a credit to the nation; but above all a credit to Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.”

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