The Roosevelt Arch is a rusticated triumphal arch at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Montana, United States. Constructed under the supervision of the US Army at Fort Yellowstone, its cornerstone was laid down by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. The top of the arch is inscribed with a quote from the Organic Act of 1872, the legislation which created Yellowstone, which reads: "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People".PutRoosevelt Arch into our Yellowstone National Park trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
The idea of the arch is attributed to Hiram Martin Chittenden, who felt that the area surrounding Gardiner was not sufficiently impressive and required an emphatic statement of arrival at the famous park. Before 1903, trains brought visitors to Cinnabar, Montana, which was a few miles northwest of Gardiner, Montana, where people would transfer onto horse-drawn coaches to enter the park. In 1903, the railway finally came to Gardiner. With the development of the Gardiner train station, the arch was proposed as part of the station ensemble.
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Nice step back in history. Feels like your Standing there with teddy. Just a short visit but memorable. I enjoyed the stop
Nice step back in history. Feels like your Standing there with teddy. Just a short visit but memorable. I enjoyed the stop more »
We lucked out and had a clear blue sky with some clouds accenting the arch when we took our pictures. Always plenty of people around to take your photo and you can take theirs. The Yellowstone...
We lucked out and had a clear blue sky with some clouds accenting the arch when we took our pictures. Always plenty of people around to take your photo and you can take theirs. The Yellowstone... more »
Iconic part of Yellowstone...the traditional entrance from Gardiner, MT in the north. Great spot for some photos. It is steps from a few tourist shops (t-shirts) and Yellowstone Pizza Co...and a block from Wonderland Cafe (the best restaurant in Gardiner). We visited in May, and there were elk all around the North entrance sign right next to the Arch.
To start we took a moment to view the Roosevelt Arch Monumental stone arch which was built in 1903 and was so neat. It marks the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. We started our journey at the north entrance with a friendly Park Ranger. What a great winter trip. We were the only tourists visiting that day. We were well prepared for freezing weather. I will have to return during the summer!
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