Backdrop of beauty

This vibrant little commercial strip is located in West Yellowstone, Mont. U.S. Highway 191 led vacationers to the nation’s first national park: Yellowstone. But if folks needed extra supplies, gas or a meal, these roadside stops provided it. This top photo, from the 1960s, shows competing gas stations like Chevron, Texaco and Mobil, all drenched in high country sunshine.

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The glow of neon attracted tourists to diners, coffee shops and motels to this thriving town along U.S. 191, in this view, also from the 1960s.

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