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.
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!