Lot 598

Montana Historical Society & Yellowstone Photos

Estimate: $200 - $400

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$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,500 $250
$5,000 $500
$7,000 $1,000
In this lot are included eleven (11) vintage photo cards depicting over 15 diverse scenes of the early years of Yellowstone National Park, and eight (8) rare photographs from the Montana Historical Society of the old Monida-Yellowstone Stage Line which in 1913 was renamed the Yellowstone-Western Stage Cmpany. This stage line was formed in 1898 by Yellowstone photographer Frank J. Haynes and Wm. H. Humphrey, who had previously been superintendent of the Yellowstone Park Transportation Co. The new company received a 10-year lease from the Interior Dept. to operate a stage line into and around Yellowstone. The Monida & Yellowstone Stage Line provided service from the Utah Northern/Union Pacific RR depot at Monida to the park, using red Concord stages from the Abbot Downing Company, which became known as the 'Red Line.' The route from Monida, on the border between Montana and Idaho, passed through Centennial Valley, past Henry's Lake, over Targhee Pass, with an overnight stop at Dwelle's Inn. This was a part of Harry Dwelle's Madison Fork Ranch that was located about 5 miles west of the park border. The stagecoach line continued until 1917 when they and the horses were put out to pasture and replaced with automobiles made by the White Motor Company, forever changing the face of transportation in Wonderland. All photographs are in good condition, the three largest photographs measure 10"L x 8"W approximately.