Yellowstone Kelly Poster
Yellowstone Kelly Poster – Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly was born in Geneva, New York State, in 1849. He joined the Union Army near the end of the Civil war and finished his enlistment in wild Army outposts in Minnesota and the Dakota’s. After his army stint he headed further west and in the following decade he became as familiar with the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone River valleys as any white man of his time.
Kelly was well educated and very well read, and apparently was prone to quoting Shakespeare when the mood took him. He was famous during his life and known to President Theodore Roosevelt, and other famous people of the day, including Buffalo Bill Cody. When Cody was finally successful in getting the Yellowstone River valley declared America’s first National Park, in 1876, Yellowstone Kelly was the man chosen to be the first Park Ranger.