American Road Trip Talk

Yellowstone Trail History Part 1

During the last 5 years we have interviewed dozens of people behind the articles in our American Road Magazine but this time the subject has to do with one of our regular columns: On the Yellowstone Trail. A delight Wisconsin couple, John and Ann Ridge, specialize in the history of the Yellowstone Trail. Their story was so fascinating that we decided to keep the whole thing but to divide it into three parts to make it easier to listen to. In this first of our three parts series on the Yellowstone Trail, John and Ann take us through the unique history of one of America’s great transcontinental highways that developed in the early 1900’s. It is a fascinating story that began in the middle of the country and worked its way west and then east. The history of the Yellowstone Trail is interwoven with the development of interconnecting roads in the United States spurred on by a marvelous new machine…the personal car.