In 1909, Dr. F.E. Corwin, a physician formerly employed by Chico Hot Springs and then the Electric Hot Springs Company, built a new 86-room Mission-style hotel and spa, piping 154°F water from nearby La Duke Springs. A bridge across the Yellowstone River made the springs accessible to Northern Pacific Railway passengers headed for Yellowstone National Park. In 1916, fire destroyed the hotel and spa, but the pool and bathouse were rebuilt in the 1920s. In the 1960s Malcolm Forbes purchased the Eagle's Nest Ranch, adjacent to Corwin Springs. The Church Universal and Triumphant purchased the property in the 1980s.(Copyright 2009, Montana Historical Society: Montana Place Names from Alzada to Zortman, Montana Historical Society Research Center Staff)
The North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park through Gardiner is just a few miles further south. The North Entrance is the only access in the winter to Yellowstone by automobile. In early days, trains carried visitors to Yellowstone where, at Gardiner, fashionable tourists boarded stagecoaches for holidays at great park hotels.
Yellowstone National Park contains more than 2.2 million acres of steaming geysers, thundering waterfalls, crystalline lakes, and panoramic vistas. It has the world's most extensive area of geyser activity, harboring more than 10,000 thermal features. Yellowstone is the also greatest wildlife sanctuary in the United States, encompassing 3,472 square miles of wondrous beauty.
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