‘For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People’

Entrance to Yellowstone National Park

Entrance to Yellowstone National Park

Roosevelt Arch

“For the benefit and enjoyment of the people.” With those words President Theodore Roosevelt dedicated the arch at the Gardner, Mont., entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Roosevelt was a Republican who supported the national parks. Had a current-day GOPer crafted an inscription it might well read “for the benefit and profit of the fossil fuel industry.”

The Roosevelt Arch stands at the first entrance to the world’s first national park. So, I took TR’s advice, walked through the arch and enjoyed the beauty of the park.

Roosevelt Arch

Doorway to Yellowstone National Park

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone



Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The Lower Falls

Mammoth Hot Springs

Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone river

Grand Prismatic Spring

Yellowstone National Park

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15 Responses to ‘For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People’

  1. Ken, someday I’ll walk through the Roosevelt Arch.

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  2. sportsdiva64 says:

    Beautiful , just wicked beautiful and on my bucket list !

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  3. TR, at least in this case, was a visionary.

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  4. A beautiful park indeed. Yellowstone National Park was the first national park we visited in the United States partially because it seemed fitting with it being the first national park in the US and wholly because it encompasses some of our favourite activities while being surrounded by an abundance of wildlife and geothermal activity.

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  5. A place I’d love to visit one day…

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  6. Donna Janke says:

    Absolutely beautiful photos. I need to get to Yellowstone some day.

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  7. Firelands says:

    Lovely photos!

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  8. pjlazos says:

    That Roosevelt – he was some guy. He really did believe in a government of the people, by the people and for the (benefit of) the people. Oh where have those politicians gone?!
    Also, another round of great photos, Ken!

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  9. What a beautiful park Ken. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. M.B. Henry says:

    Stunning. I have just got to get to Yellowstone one of these days.

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  11. The Roosevelt Arch often gets passed up due to how the road is now, but it’s always a grand sight. I can’t say I ever walked through it in my three summers working in YNP.

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  12. Yellowstone National Park is nice a park. Good place to spend some relax time. Thanks for sharing it.

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  13. Our visit was awe inspiring….your post and photos brought back memories. thanks Ken

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