Roosevelt Arch, Yellowstone National Park

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".
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, and people entered through the stone archway.
The design of the Roosevelt Arch has been attributed to architect Robert Reamer, but documentation is inconclusive. Construction of the arch began on February 19, 1903, and was completed on August 15, 1903, at a cost of around $10,000. The archway was built at the north entrance, which was the first major entrance for Yellowstone. President Roosevelt was visiting Yellowstone during construction and was asked to place the cornerstone for the arch, which then took his name. The cornerstone that Roosevelt laid covered a time capsule that contains a Holy Bible, a picture of Roosevelt, local newspapers, and other items.
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  • Located at the North entrance, on the edge of the town of Gardiner, the Roosevelt Arch is Yellowstone NP history. It is a quick stop, great pictures. Read the inscription and marvel at its size.  more »
  • The Roosevelt Arch is after the North entrance (if you're coming from inside the park). About 5-10 min drive from Mammoth. I love the inscription on it "For the benefit and enjoyment of the people." I...  more »
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  • What can I say about the prettiest place in America. The Roosevelt arch us definitely a go to place if you go to Yellowstone. A very historical place and a very photographic place. Was very nice to be able to go thru the Arch knowing what it actually means to Yellowstone and to our Nation. Thank you for our wonderful adventure...and for being a great gateway to our great National Park.
  • Neat arch & really makes you feel like you're entering the most fabulous national park.
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