Friday, January 27, 2012

Yellowstone National Park 45th Parallel sign

Between the equator and north pole lies the 45th parallel. Yellowstone National Park is where I took the photo of this sign in 2009. It's near a small nondescript parking lot that is frankly, easy to miss. Without GPS, we were very fortunate to have stumbled across it.

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For years, the sign was situated in Yellowstone National Park between Gardiner and Mammoth Springs. Prior to 2008 the sign placement was inaccurate. In 2008, it was moved to the current location where I snapped the photo.

The geology of Yellowstone did not allow for the 45th parallel sign to be placed on the exact dot where the 45th parallel intersects on the roadway. However, the National Park Service assures me that it is within 1,200 feet of that spot.

A little looking around is probably all it took to see the exact spot. Even if we didn't it's okay. Being somewhere along the parallel is pretty cool. I don't know about you, but to be within 1,200 feet of where the 45th parallel intersects with the roadway close enough for me to be happy.

More articles about Yellowstone National Park:
Visiting the park
Old Faithful Video
Mammoth Campground