Shocker! 45th Parallel sign in Yellowstone wasn't in correct location






  1. kim kaiser Avatar

    i thought i noticed the sign in a different place than in years past,,i just figured the earth had turned or something,

  2. natehobbs Avatar

    Its never been in the right place!
    but it is close enough for the tourists. I am going to go up there one of these days and find the real mark with a gps just for the kicks.

  3. Jim Macdonald Avatar

    I’m pretty sure it’s on one of those very dangerous windy bits along the Gardner River where it’s just impossible to stop unless you have a death wish.

    Do you think they moved it to draw less attention to the Boiling River?

  4. mikarooni Avatar

    I understand that accurate survey information is critical to those individuals actually needing to use that information; however, given the overall state of things, do we, as in terms of the public at large, really need to have an accurate sign showing where to stand for a photo op? I understand that the NPS is in the carnival business by default, whether they like it or not; but, I wish they had just canned the damned sign and spent their time and money on something constructive, like fixing a leaking sewer or standing up and fighting the Montana DOL on the bison issue.

  5. Salle Avatar

    Good enough for government work.

    (…and all that that implies.)


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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