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Yellowstone National Park: The Early Years (Photos)

Maids at camp

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Maids at one of the Wylie Camps, eight semi-permanent camps established throughout the park, for visitors of modest means.Photographer unknown, circa 1908.

Mammoth Hotel

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Soldiers on horses in front of Mammoth Hotel. Still standing today, the hotel retains a wing of rooms built in 1911.Photographer unknown, circa 1910.

Shooting practice

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Several soldiers — some on horseback, some standing and others sitting on the ground — practice their skills at Gardiner Rifle Range. Photographer unknown, circa 1910.

Ski patrol

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Ski patrol at Canyon.Photographer unknown, circa 1910.

Officer drills

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At Fort Yellowstone, soldiers complete drills near quarters for bachelor officers. Photographer unknown, circa 1910.

Drilling

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During the Mammoth Parade, officers stand at attention and rehearse guard drills. Photographer unknown, circa 1911.

Up and over

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Military personnel watch as Sergeant Henry A. McCartney jumps over high fence. Photographer unknown,1911.

Sunset salute

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The firing of the sunset gun on Capitol Hill at Fort Yellowstone. Possibly the last-ever firing of the cannon, it signaled the end of army protection of Yellowstone.Photographer unknown,July 4, 1916.

For Bears Only

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Ranger Naturalist Walter Phillip Martindale poses on horseback near the "Lunch Counter: For Bears Only" at Old Faithful, southeast of the upper Hamilton Store. Photographer unknown, circa 1921 to the mid 1930s.

Side car

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James McBride, chief ranger of Yellowstone National Park, and a motorcycle with a side car.Photographer unknown, circa 1921.