Silver Gate, Montana
The town of Silver Gate was founded in 1932 by John J. Taylor and J. J. White to serve the people visiting Yellowstone National Park. The original construction covenants for the town required log and rustic architecture only, which gives Silver Gate its very unique character.
We invite you to visit us in beautiful Silver Gate, Montana, located at the Northeast Entrance of Yellowstone National Park -- nestled between Yellowstone's Lamar Valley, Montana's Beartooth Mountains and Wyoming's Sunlight Basin and Absaroka Mountains. We are surrounded by some of the most majestic peaks in Montana. Silver Gate sits at an elevation of 7,400 feet, while the peaks around us soar to over 10,000 feet.
Whether you stay a week or a day, you'll find no better place to relax and enjoy Montana at its best than in Silver Gate.
Wildlife abounds in the area. On the high slopes you can look for bighorn sheep, mountain goats, and elk. Often in the early morning or evening hours you can see moose and deer right out your door.
The town of Silver Gate is located one mile from the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It is three miles from Cooke City and is on the Beartooth Scenic Highway. Silver Gate is located on land homesteaded by Horace S. Double, for which he was granted a patent on May 2, 1897.
In the fall of 1931, John L. Taylor and his family, feeling the "pinch of hard times" traveled from Gallatin County through the Northeast entrance in pursuit of work on the Beartooth switchback highway project. Before reaching Cooke City the Taylor family came upon a cabin and met Mr. George Winn who had obtained his 160 acres of homestead land from Mr. Horace Double. Upon arising the next morning, Mr. Taylor's daughter writes, "I found that during the night, father had negotiated with Mr. Winn and had purchased the 160 acres for $3500. There was a great deal of planning and platting before Silver Gate was approved as a town site by the Park County Commissioners on September 8, 1932." Mrs. Taylor Eblin continues, "Dad named the town "Silver Gate" because of the silver haze which seemed to shine over the mountains and was to be a gate to Yellowstone Park."
John Taylor and J. J. White formed the Silver Gate Company and intended to create a rustic, western town to serve the tourist trade and to provide building sites for summer recreationists. Covenants written for the original town site covered setbacks, signs, and building standards requiring log construction.
Silver Gate, a place where "will those who wish to get away from the hum drum existence of the more populous centers. Fish abound, wild game stalks the country side, perpetual snow can be seen not far away, while from the town site itself, as though to provide a protectorate, a wall of mountains arise to shield from the eyes of the curious." (Livingston Enterprise, September, 1932).
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