Welcome to the Yellowstone Historic Center!

Click the photo below to go to the corresponding website.

Museum of the Yellowstone Website Union Pacific Dining Lodge WebsiteYellowstone Shortline Trail Website


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. Founded in 1908, the community of West Yellowstone began with the arrival of rail service. The railroad facilities built by Union Pacific in West Yellowstone are encompassed in the West Yellowstone Oregon Shortline Terminus Historic District.

Today, the depot houses the Museum of the Yellowstone, where you can learn about local history, the structures of the historic district, and the history transportation to and through Yellowstone National Park. The historic yet charming Union Pacific Dining Lodge is used as a seasonal event venue. The abandoned Union Pacific Railroad bed is in the process of being converted into a world-class, hiking-biking trail known as the Yellowstone Shortline Trail. Click the associated photos above to learn more.