Print Size: 24"x34" 


Artist Commentary

When John Colter spent three years exploring Yellowstone country, it was the beginning of an era that would bring millions of people to this area to enjoy the unprecedented beauty of Mother Nature at her best. Jim Bridger added credence to Colter's reports of plumes of water exploding hundreds of feet in the air, cataracts that thundered into impossibly deep canyons, interest that led to President Grant signing into law bill that formed the Yellowstone National Park on March 1, 1872 to perserve and protect these wonders and allow people from all over the world to enjoy this wonder and see that it was kept in the same condition through the years.

Once the park was established, a method of transportation had to be devised, roads to travel and accommodations for visitors. Transportation was the first stage coach that would carry passengers the sixty odd miles from Bozeman to the Park. This was a far cry from the conveyance that we find today for if there was to be any on these stage coach rides, you had to bring it with you. In the spring of 1904, the Old Faithful Inn opened it's doors to the public and visitation surged from 13,727 to 26,188... slightly less than over 2,000,000 that visit the park today.


By 1915, 3000 "hayburners" pulled Yellowstone Coaches, wagons, surreys, formation wagons, spring wagons, freight wagons and the double deck 26 passenger Tallyho. This reproduction portrays an end of season trip that is confronted by early snow. This is not going to take away from the passenger's enjoyment after all the inconvenience they have faced in getting here. The herd of elk that they are watching was there then and is still located in the area today. The elk are used to visitors and seem to pose as pictures are being taken. And only become aggressive when an overzealous tourist tries to get too close or comes between a cow elk and her calf.

No matter what is said of the devastation that tore through the park in 1988, the beauty of this location remains the same. Take away those burnt trees and grass and you still have more to see and enjoy than any place else on earth. The animals have had a tough Winter but they will flourish with all the new that will come from the destruction and the cycle will continue as it has from the days when John Colter first saw this area.

This lithograph was reproduced from an original oil (24"x36") and is limited to 850 signed and numbered reproductions with 85 artist proofs. It is printed on top quality 100% archival, pH neutral number 1 grade paper with an image size of 20"x30" with a 2' trim. It has been personally signed in pencil by the artist and inspected for quality of reproduction. The plates have been destroyed after printing.

Gary Carter

West Yellowstone, Montana

July 1989

Last Stage out of Yellowstone

SKU: last-stage
$600.00 Regular Price
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