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Log Building (Log Cabin Gas Station)
In the early twentieth century, U.S. 12 was promoted to automobile tourists as the “Yellowstone Trail,” and this log building is a remnant of that era. In 1912, at a time when roads were not marked, there were few maps, and slippery mud was the usual driving surface, a group of small-town South Dakota businessmen undertook an ambitious project to designate the Yellowstone Trail for tourism. Patterned after the Lincoln Highway Association of 1913, the Yellowstone Trail Association became a leader in stimulating tourist travel and motivating good roads across America. Today, almost the entire route of the Yellowstone Trail is on slower, less traveled roads. Some sections, especially in western North Dakota, remain little changed, marked only by remnant features like this unused log tourist information kiosk.
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