Buffalo Burgers and the Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner, Montana

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On our recent trip to Yellowstone National Park, we stopped in Gardiner, Montana to spend some time sightseeing around the Roosevelt Arch, taste some buffalo burgers and visit the local shops and museums!
Gardiner was officially founded in 1880, but the area has served as a main entrance to Yellowstone National Park since its creation in 1872. The name Gardiner derives from Johnson Gardner, a fur trapper who operated in the area in 1830-31.
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My favorite part of Gardiner was the Roosevelt Arch! The Roosevelt Arch is a rusticated triumphal arch at the north entrance to Yellowstone. Constructed under the supervision of the U.S. 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.”
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 about $10,000. President Roosevelt was visiting Yellowstone during construction and was asked to place the cornerstone for the arch, which then took his name. The cornerstone Roosevelt laid covered a time capsule that contains a Bible, a picture of Roosevelt, local newspapers, and other items!
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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

46 thoughts on “Buffalo Burgers and the Roosevelt Arch in Gardiner, Montana

    • 11 August, 2015 at 1:28 pm
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      Yeah, that was pretty high up on my list of things to see in Yellowstone!

  • 11 August, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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    A great big YES to any and all burgers!

    And these gorgeous pictures of your kiddos, my friend!

    Lovely.

  • 11 August, 2015 at 1:30 pm
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    I’ve been to Yellowstone but I must have entered through a different gate because I don’t remember seeing this. Very cool! What did you think of the buffalo burgers? Looks like you had perfect weather, which always make for a great day:)

    • 12 August, 2015 at 2:35 pm
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      This is just outside of Yellowstone, at one of the four entrances! One of the least traveled from what I recall.. but we can IN through that way!

  • 11 August, 2015 at 3:18 pm
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    Gingi… these are some awesome pictures… there are so many places I want to see in this world… one day I hope to see many of them.

    It looks like you had lots of fun… it’s good to see you back blogging ♡

    How are things going with the goats?

    • 12 August, 2015 at 2:39 pm
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      Slowly but surely!! We’re at the hard work stage of walking our asses off to get signatures! haha..

  • 12 August, 2015 at 5:49 am
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    Truly astonishing! The landscape is beautiful, and your pictures even more so 🙂 Glad you had fun… Buffalo burgers – hm… 🙂

  • 12 August, 2015 at 5:51 am
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    I love reading about the history of the place and looking at the wonderful photos you’ve taken. Buffalo burgers sounds like the perfect thing to eat here. I’ve never been to the States before, only got as far as Europe while I was backpacking.

    I’ll love to go one day, I’m waiting for a long visa (3 months) so I can go coast-to-coast.

    • 12 August, 2015 at 2:41 pm
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      Ohhhh, you do need to visit when you get a chance!! <3 <3

      • 20 August, 2015 at 3:44 am
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        I will for sure! 🙂

        The US is one place I’ve always wanted to visit.

  • 12 August, 2015 at 7:28 am
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    Lovely views, lovely place…and great looking kid!!! Heard of Yellowstone – not Yogi Bear’s, I think. That’s Jellystone or something. LOL!!!

    • 12 August, 2015 at 2:41 pm
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      Haha, the burgers were great! But buffalo just takes like cow.. hahaha…

  • 12 August, 2015 at 6:25 pm
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    Oh what beautiful pictures and interesting information. I very much enjoyed reading about this and seeing your lovely photos.

    • 13 August, 2015 at 2:57 pm
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      Thank you Lisa! <3

  • 12 August, 2015 at 10:40 pm
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    That arch looks very impressive, so too is the amount of fantastic open space.

    Great photo’s.

    All the best Jan

  • 12 August, 2015 at 11:41 pm
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    How fun!! Did you see any bears??

    • 13 August, 2015 at 3:01 pm
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      No, and we really wanted to!!!

  • 13 August, 2015 at 2:27 am
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    That arch looks pretty cool. But even cooler looks your daughter, real sweet! She does look like her day 🙂

    • 14 August, 2015 at 2:05 am
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      ‘like her DAD’ – where did ‘day’ come from? Stupid.

    • 13 August, 2015 at 3:02 pm
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      You too! <3 <3

  • 13 August, 2015 at 12:39 pm
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    I always look out of the country for epic vacations… but this is also on my list!!! You are such a good photographer too!

  • 13 August, 2015 at 1:16 pm
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    What an adorable place! I’ve been to Yellowstone, but I don’t remember seeing that arch. Clearly I need to go back! 🙂

    • 14 August, 2015 at 2:25 pm
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      It’s just outside the park in Gardiner! <3

  • 13 August, 2015 at 3:49 pm
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    Such a cool place! Yellowstone is a must-visit, for sure. 🙂
    Happy Thursday!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • 13 August, 2015 at 4:16 pm
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    very cute baby and amazing places
    I posted a new OUTFIT, I’d love to know your opinion
    would you like to pass from my blog?
    I wish you an happy day
    a big kiss

  • 13 August, 2015 at 4:55 pm
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    Wow Gingi, looks like a great trip and you got your dose of history as well! Awesome. I love those trips and take them while you can I guess, before the kids (in my case the husband) start complaining about the history part. Ha.

    • 14 August, 2015 at 2:27 pm
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      LOL, I’m lucky my husband is also a history buff.. we were just talking about the kids HOPEFULLY being history nuts too, haha…

  • 13 August, 2015 at 4:59 pm
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    Historical places are always interesting to visit.
    And your daughter is too beautiful!!!

  • 13 August, 2015 at 6:54 pm
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    What a beautiful place! The history behind the arch is really interesting.

    • 14 August, 2015 at 2:29 pm
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      <3

  • 14 August, 2015 at 3:44 am
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    Such gorgeous photos! I’ve been to Yellowstone but not the arch, I’m going to have to put that on my list for next time. I wouldn’t do the burgers because I’m vegetarian, but I do remember seeing the buffalo a lot out there. I saw them when they were molting, which is a pretty vile process especially since they eat each others molting. They were great though, I didn’t realize how big they were!

    • 16 August, 2015 at 11:55 pm
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      Yeah, the buffalo were molting when we went.. I was like, why are their coats melting?!?! haha…

  • 15 August, 2015 at 8:25 pm
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    Beautiful! I’m so happy that you are able to take your babies to different places. Tessa looks like a KID! She’s so brave and adventurous…just like her momma.

  • 16 August, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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    I miss Yellowstone! It’s been almost 7 years for me. Stunning photos. I love the one of Tessa looking up at her dad drinking through a straw!

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