There is evidence of humans in Yellowstone as far back as 11,000 years. In Special Collections, we house evidence of humans in Yellowstone as far back as the 1800s, when written history of the park began.
European Americans began to explore Yellowstone in the early 1800s, but the first organized expedition of the park didn’t arrive until 1870. In 1872, Yellowstone became the first National Park in America, even before the National Park Service was created in 1916.
Special Collections houses over 150 books about Yellowstone. There is also currently an exhibit specifically about Yellowstone and the National Park System on display. If you’re interested in learning more about Yellowstone, come in to Special Collections and let us tell you about why the National Parks stopped encouraging people to feed bears!
All information for this post from https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/historyculture/park-history.htm