Laurel, Montana is the latest community to recognize the Yellowstone Trail as an integral part of the community’s history and development. I learned today from the Billings Gazette that a Yellowstone Trail history display sign board has been erected in front of the Chamber of Commerce log cabin on Main Street. The Yellowstone Trail was the Main Street of Laurel.
Greg Childs wearing the Montana state symbol (cowboy hat ) was the spark plug behind the idea and several in the community pitched in. Great work Greg and members of the Laurel community!!
Ann Kooistra-Manning, author of Images of America - Laurel, states that the opening of the transcontinental Yellowstone Trail put Laurel on the map as a jumping off point for Yellowstone National Park’s eastern entrance. Located on the famous Yellowstone River and only a short drive to blue-ribbon trout fishing, skiing, hunting, camping, horseback riding and national forest access, Laurel is recognized today as starting point for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
In the day of the Yellowstone Trail, Laurel was a major rail center complete with roundhouse and extensive rail yards. It remains today a major rail facility, exciting for railroad buffs. The historical downtown is classic western rail town layout with the major buildings facing the railroad.
(The photographs are from the Laurel Chamber of Commerce site, which I encourage you to visit! http://laurelmontana.org )