Yancey’s Hole Yellowstone
Company D, Minnesota National Guard at Yancey’s Hole Hotel in Yellowstone National Park in 1893 (Frank J. Haynes, Montana Historical Society) and in 2014 (CW Collection- 2014-08-20-2512). Here, the trail through the valley follows along Lost Creek, a section of the traditional route followed by Shoshone and other native peoples across the northern edge of the Yellowstone Plateau. The Yellowstone River was crossed by a ford behind the hill in the background of the photograph. Some of North America’s original research on beavers occurred along Lost Creek, but today beaver numbers are very low here due to impacts on willow and aspen by high numbers of elk and bison.