West Yellowstone by Paul Shea Images of America Series. $21.99 128 pages, softcover
West Yellowstone by Paul Shea Postcards of America Series $7.99. 15 postcards
Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
WEST YELLOWSTONE — Founded in 1908 to provide services for visitors arriving at the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park, the town of West Yellowstone, Montana, serves tens of thousands of international travelers each year.
From 1908 to 1960, visitors arrived on Union Pacific Railroad parlor cars and boarded awaiting stagecoaches or, in later years, touring buses, to embark on their journey to Wonderland. This history is documented in more than 200 vintage images in the new book, West Yellowstone, by local author Paul Shea, and in a packet of 15 historic postcards.
Shea lived and worked in and around West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park from 1979 through 2008. He located permanently in West Yellowstone in 1989. Elected as president of the West Yellowstone Historical Society in 1993, he became involved in the collection and interpretation of the history of West Yellowstone and surrounding area.
In 1998 with the founding of the Yellowstone Historic Center in West Yellowstone, to oversee the restoration and preservation of the Oregon Short Line Terminus Historic District and development of a new museum, Shea was hired as executive director and served in that capacity until 2002. Shea served as the curator for the Yellowstone Historic Center and its museum from 2002 through 2008.
This book is a detailed history of the origins of the town of West Yellowstone and contains a wealth of early photos that have not been published or seen, courtesy of the Yellowstone Historic Center. Shea currently lives in Carson City, NV and continues his work with museums.
Highlights of West Yellowstone include the Oregon Short Line Historic District, the largest intact rail complex built exclusively to service a National Park, and photos of buildings that served the town and tourists in many ways, including the Rainbow Tabernacle, a pool hall, and stores and lodges.
West Yellowstone and the postcard packets are available at area bookstores, independent and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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