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The way it was: Route to Yellowstone -- 1972

Apr 19, 2014 - From staff reports

In the spring of 1972, Wyoming was excited about the centennial of Yellowstone National Park. As part of the half-year commemoration of the establishment of Yellowstone, the nation's first national park, huge boulders were placed statewide on various driving routes to the park.

Each mined from a remote part of the national park, the rocks were intended to recall the old style of travel landmarks that pioneer travelers from the previous century relied on as they made their way west.

This one had a longer journey to Riverton than expected, delayed by a half-day in a snowstorm on Togwotee Pass that forced the truck carrying it to stop repeatedly as tire chains on the truck's tires broke.

Nearly half a century later, some of the "yellow stones" remain around Wyoming, symbolizing the statewide centennial observances 44 years ago.

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