Yellowstone Gateway Museum Roof

Yellowstone Gateway Museum Roof Project

During a public meeting held by Park County in May 2013, the Yellowstone Gateway Museum requested CTEP funds for a roof replacement project. The scope of this project was to replace the failing roof on the 1907 North Side School. The North Side School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has served as the repository for Park County records and objects relating to its history since 1977. Formally known as the Park County Museum it is now named the Yellowstone Gateway Museum due to its relationship to Yellowstone National Park.

Failure of the roof would allow water to enter the building and create a hazard to the collections and archives that relate to the development of the Northern Pacific Railroad Transcontinental Route; the branch line South to Yellowstone National Park; construction of the re-build shops which were the largest between Chicago and Seattle on the line; and, records pertaining to the operations of the line. The importance of these collections is paramount to the understanding of Livingston's and Park County's history as related to the development of transcontinental rail travel. Additionally these records allow the local community, and the academic world, a variety of ways to historically study the social and economic conditions that provided for the dynamic development of Livingston and Park County, Montana.

The project strengthens aesthetic and historic aspects of Montana's transportation system and also serves to safeguard historic transportation artifacts, collections and archives. The project manual was approved in January 2014 by MDT (who provided 86.58% of project funding through CTEP funds), federal programming was attained in February and the contractor began work in late March 2014, finishing in mid-May.

A project completion report for this project is available for review at the Park County Clerk and Recorders Office.

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