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Yellowstone National Park - The Drill Field

 

Location of sign - Mammoth Hot Springs area historic section at Yellowstone National Park.

 

Photo taken June 2008

The Drill Field, The Drill Field road sign, Yellowstone The Drill Field  

 

 

Text of sign:

 

The Drill Field

 

Gathering place, site of ceremonies and parades, training ground - the drill field was the focal point of daily life at Fort Yellowstone.

 

Each day began early with a bugler sounding Reveille.  Gradually, the fort came to life and another bugle call brought horse-

mounted soldiers trotting onto the field for the flag raising.  Assignments were announced, and troopers headed out to patrol the 

Mammoth Hot Spring Terraces or other nearby attractions.

 

Those remaining behind assumed the never-ending task of caring for the post's horses.

 

At dusk, the bugler called all troops back to the field for the lowering of the flag, and the day was concluded with a cannon firing 

from the top of Capitol Hill (left).  Taps was played as lights winked out and quiet settled over the Fort.

 

Graphics on the sign

 

In addition to the text there is a picture of soldiers firing of a salute gun, Capitol Hill, July 4, 1916 and a small photo from 1911 of 

soldiers participating in a horse drill with other troopers waiting their turn applauding the success of their comrades.

 

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