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Last updated 7/26/2017 at Noon

In May 1922, Herbert Anderson made this photo of Top-o-th-Hill at the top of Blewett Pass along a section of the Yellowstone Trail.

I recently drove a section of the Yellowstone Trail right in our own backyard.

Now nearly forgotten, this was the first highway in the U.S. that ran from coast to coast. It started in the east in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and ended in Seattle. At Livingston, Montana, a spur led to Yellowstone National Park, which provided the name for the road. It was possible to drive a car from either coast to the first national park.

According to Wikipedia, the Yellowstone Trail was established on May 23, 1912. Some sections of the road still exist in Washington.

A section in the original brick still e...

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