The Yellowstone Historic Center is dedicated to telling the story of travel to and through Yellowstone National Park, and the Park’s influence on West Yellowstone and the Hebgen Lake Basin.
Founded in 1908, the Town of West Yellowstone began with the arrival of rail service to this location. Explore the stories of the growth and changes that occurred in this town as it developed into a true community. The railroad facilities built by the Union Pacific Railroad in West Yellowstone are encompassed in the Oregon Short Line Terminus Historic District. Discover the stories of the building and structures in the Historic District, and see historic photos of them.
The forms of transportation bringing tourists to Yellowstone National Park have changed mightily though the years – from horses and stagecoaches to modern airplanes. Learn about the evolution of travel to Yellowstone in this region with special challenges for transportation.
Fascination with the Yellowstone area began with the first trappers’ incredulous tales of gushing geysers and gurgling mud pots. Since being established as the world’s first National Park in 1872, curious travelers have ventured from every corner of the world to experience this place called “Wonderland.”
Purchasing a membership helps the Yellowstone Historic Center further its mission of preservation and interpretation of West Yellowstone’s unique history. Click here to learn about membership benefits