|Tinkers Cemetary - Gardiner Montana|
Very little is known about the Tinkers Cemetery. Here are a few tid bits I have been able to gather.
"The cemetery, a little less than a mile west of town on the county road, was established in the 1890s, its first occupant being an itinerant tinsmith crushed to death while removing the wheel from a freight wagon." Yellowstone Place Names Mirrors of History by Aubrey L. Haines. Footnote 8, p 42.
"Uncle John Yancey, proprietor of a truly frontier hotel, died May 7, 1903. He had gone to Gardiner, Montana, to be present on April 24 at the laying of the cornerstone for the basaltic arch then under construction. He admitted to a "warm spot in his heart" for President Theodore Roosevelt, and had come in to hear him speak. But Yancey caught cold there, which became pneumonia and carried him away. He was buried in the "Tinker's Cemetery" among other oldtimers of the area." Yellowstone Place Names Mirrors of History by Aubrey L. Haines. page 178.
"Miscellany - Perhaps, in gathering up these odds-and-ends of informed nomenclature, it is as well to begin with the "Tinker's Cemetery." This burial ground a mile west of Gardiner, Montana, on the old county road, was outside the Park at the time of its establishment, but is nominally within the boundary as revised by the act of May 26, 1926.12 According to local tradition, the cemetery got its name from the fact that the first burial there was of an itinerant mender of pots and pans, crushed under his wagon while greasing a wheel. The cemetery holds the graves of some well-known Park characters: "Uncle" John Yancey, James McBride, "Geyser Bob" Edgar, "Little Gus" Smitzer, and the sand painter, Andrew Wald." Yellowstone Place Names Mirrors of History by Aubrey L. Haines. page 227.
12 Haines, The Yellowstone Story, II, pp. 331-332; see Note 7 for citation.
|Gardiner Montana Historic Photos|
Gardiner, Montana is a quaint western town. This frontier town is situated on the northern border of Yellowstone National Park and is the Original Entrance to Yellowstone. There are many exciting things to see and do in Yellowstone and Gardiner. See the table below for links on park information to help plan your trip to the World's First and Greatest National Park.
The North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park, located at Gardiner, Montana is the Only Entrance that is Open Year Round. You can drive into Yellowstone all year long. You can view thermal features and wildlife at any time of the year. In fact, some of the best wildlife viewing is in the winter. The crowds are very small and wildlife abundant. There are no snowmobiling or snowcoach activities from the North Entrance (Gardiner, Montana) to the Northeast Entrance (Silver Gate, Montana). You can drive, cross country ski or snowshoe in the beauty of a winter wonderland.
The drive on Highway 89 South from Livingston, Montana takes you through Paradise Valley into Gardiner and Yellowstone National Park. It is one of the most scenic drives in the United States. Fantastic Rocky mountain scenery, wildlife and birds can be seen all along the Yellowstone River as it meanders along the highway.
Gardiner is located five miles from Mammoth Hot Springs and 56 miles from Old Faithful. If you want to view wolves in winter, this is the place. If you want to view antelope, bears, big horn sheep, birds, coyotes, elk, mule deer and wolves in spring, this is where you want to enter Yellowstone.
Facilities and Services Located in Gardiner:
♢ 28 Motels and Bed & Breakfasts
♦ 11 Restaurants and Bars
♦ Yellowstone River Rafting
♦ 33 Shops and Services
Things To Do in Gardiner, include but are not limited to:
Gardiner Maps & Weather Information
Gardiner Town History
Founded in 1880, Gardiner became a center of activity for visitors to the region, serving as the original, and Only Year Round Entrance to Yellowstone. Gardiner has survived a rough and tumble existence of gold rushes, the railroad, and even destructive fires. A tough little frontier town, it fed and sheltered miners, entertained the early soldiers who operated Yellowstone Park, and learned to host the pioneer visitor. Gardiner has matured, tempered, and grown to meet the needs of today's visitors. It is a good place to spend some rich time in history, in the heart of some of the west's finest country.
|Mileage Chart from Gardiner, Montana
Yellowstone National Park's North Entrance
|North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana||Less than a mile|
|Mammoth Hot Springs||5 miles|
|Norris Geyser Basin||26 miles|
|Northeast Entrance||52 miles|
|Silver Gate, Montana||53 miles|
|West Entrance||54 miles|
|West Yellowstone, Montana||54 miles|
|Yellowstone Lake||54 miles|
|Old Faithful||56 miles|
|Cooke City, Montana||56 miles|
|West Thumb||73 miles|
|East Entrance||81 miles|
|South Entrance||95 miles|
|Cody, Wyoming||134 miles|
|Jackson Hole, Wyoming||160 miles|
|Yellowstone National Park Milage|
Gardiner Public Airport
|Airport Location||Two miles north of Gardiner, Montana|
|Airport Elevation||5,280 feet|
|Hours of Operation||8:00 am - 5:00 PM - Mon - Fri|
|Radio||Unicom @ 122.8 MHz|
|Facilities||Tie downs - No Landing or tie down fees|
|Runway||3,400 feet long by 50 feet wide - Paved|
|Runway Number||010 (N) / 280 (S)|
|Car Rental||Not available|
|Amenities||Small picnic area - Hotels & Restaurants in Gardiner|
|Offer||Scenic flights and lessons - thru Montana Aircraft|
~ Gardiner Church Services ~
Gardiner Baptist Church - Phone: 406-848-9842
Worship - 10:30 AM
Gardiner Community Church
Worship - 11:15 AM
Saint William's Catholic Church - Phone: 406-222-1393
Mass - Summer - 8:00 AM ~ Winter - 4:00 PM
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 12 White Lane ~ Gardiner, Montana 59030
Sacrament Service - 10:00 AM - Spring and Summer Only
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|Gardiner, Montana||Silver Gate, Montana||West Yellowstone, Montana||Cooke City, Montana|
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