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Yellowstone Roads & Bridges, Yellowstone National Park, Teton County, WY
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Documentation compiled after 1968.
Survey number HAER WY-24
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N947).
Building/structure dates: 1879 initial construction
Part of building/structure is in Gardiner vicinity, Park County, MT.
Significance: The construction of early roads in the Nation's first national park was carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, establishing a precedent later employed in other early parks. After creation of the National Park Service in 1916, the new agency carried out a series of road projects before delegating major road work to the Bureau of Public Roads. The Yellowstone park roads, constructed over a long period by the various parties, were designed to carefully relate to the park's striking wilderness environment. Road corridors were located to minimize damage to their surroundings and a number of rustic bridges and structures were utilized to help integrate the roads with the landscape. Reconstruction of the system since Mission 66 has destroyed much of the historic integrity of the roads; however, they generally follow historic alignments and some of the rustic structures remain in use. // The roads in Yellowstone National Park were designed and constructed to provide visitor access to the scenic features of the park, including thermal and geologic phenomena, views and vistas, and wildlife. Under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a "park roads" philosophy developed that called for roads to blend harmoniously with the landscape. Early National Park Service landscape engineers adopted a similar approach.
"Mission 66" Program
Chittenden, Maj. Hiram
Mather, Stephen T.
Norris, Supt. Philetus W.
Kingman, Lt. Dan C.
U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers
McClure, Nancy M., Historian
Huisman, Forrest, Delineator
Lowe, Jet, Photographer
Lupyak, Ed, Delineator
Culpin, Mary Shivers, Historian
Harvey, Elizabeth, Delineator
Salarano, Laura E., Delineator
Hansen, Gerald J., Delineator
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)
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