Mission Statement

The Yellowstone Historic Center seeks to understand, preserve, and interpret the unique cultural heritage of West Yellowstone and the Hebgen Lake Basin, and the connection of that heritage to the development of transportation and visitation to Yellowstone National Park.

In accordance with that Mission Statement, the YHC has developed the following Message and Goals and Objectives:

Message: The creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872 caused a stream of visitors from around the world – journeying by various means- to come to Yellowstone for the transforming experience of “Wonderland.” In the context of transportation and history, the gateway town of West Yellowstone has the largest and most intact historic railroad complex built specifically to serve these national park visitors.

The YHC will accomplish its mission by:

  • Operating a Museum in the Union Pacific Depot that supports the mission and message statements.
  • Restoring and preserving the buildings located in the Oregon Short Line Terminus Historic District in West Yellowstone, Montana.
  • Developing a new, year-round museum to house collections, and to preserve these collections and interpret them through displays and educational programs.

Annual Reports

The Yellowstone Historic Center has accomplished these goals through the generous support of donors, members, and through grants.  To learn about our recent accompplishments, please check our annual reports:

2016 Annual Report

Plans for the Future

The YHC works closely with the Town of West Yellowstone and other organizations in the community and region to ensure the heritage of the Town of West Yellowstone and of the Travel to Yellowstone is preserved and interpreted. Learn more about our plans by reviewing this Strategic Plan.