Visiting the Yellowstone Historic Center

West Yellowstone’s Historic Center highlights the achievements and sites of Yellowstone National Park, the nation’s first national park. With an extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits, this modern museum highlights humankind’s journey through these geologic lands.

In 2014, the museum highlights several entertaining exhibits, including:

  • Wings Into the West – This exhibit highlights the air services of this small community. The first airport dates to 1935, with the current airport dating to 1965. This exhibit features biographies, photos and stories and highlights first-hand accounts of pilots that flew through this rugged wilderness. The museum also features handcrafted model airplane replicas.
  • Beanery Queens: They Came for the Job, and Left with Memories – This highlights the journeys of the women that worked for the Union Pacific Railroad.
  • West Yellowstone: Tourists, Trains and the Wonders of Yellowstone – This exhibit is dedicated to Dale Koelzer and explains how West Yellowstone transformed into a thriving small community that attracts Yellowstone National Park visitors.
  • Stage Coaches and Freight Wagons – Long before automobiles, visitors to Yellowstone traveled by stagecoach. This exhibit features several restored stagecoaches. The highlight of this special exhibit is the Mount Washburn special, which is only one of three stagecoaches that were built for the arduous trek up Mount Washburn. It is the only one currently known to still exist.
  • Wonderland by Train – Union Pacific Railroad was a central leader in the development of West Yellowstone. Visitors can learn more about the railroad and view the coveted and rare “Harriman Blue” china that was often used in the Union Pacific Dining Lodge.

Most travelers visit West Yellowstone from May through September. A rugged wilderness, this land experiences harsh winters. Locals and visitors alike celebrate the peaceful tranquility that spring and summer offers.

Yellowstone Holiday offers 36 RV sites that offer full hookups. This includes electricity 20/30/50 amp services, sewer and water. The resort’s quaint size makes it an excellent option for small groups or individuals. For travelers without an RV, Yellowstone Holiday offers several cabins. Prices are based on seasons, with low season offering discounted rates. The Beaver Den meeting and cooking facility offers a fully equipped kitchen, gas barbecue, party area, bathroom, fire pit and picnic tables. This is an excellent option for family reunions or large groups, allowing people to mingle with one another in Montana’s spectacular wilderness.

Yellowstone Holiday is located on the shores of Hebgen Lake, which is a premiere attraction for anglers.

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