President Grant’s 1872 Act of Dedication created something that had never been seen before, the nation’s first National Park. A unique area, filled with rare wildlife and geothermal activity unmatched anywhere, Yellowstone was thought of as a myth for much of the United State’s history. Westward expansion brought more and more explorer’s and mountain men into the region, and soon these myths had to be accepted as truth. Expedition after expedition brought back reports, paintings, and pictures, and soon Washington was persuaded into protecting the region. However, that protection was only the beginnings of Yellowstone’s problems. Though now protected, Yellowstone had no official administration, employees, or infrastructure. This Board of Directors, consisting of Painters and Photographers, Conservationists and Environmentalists, Ranchers and Rail Magnates, and everything in between, has been brought together to turn this unique park into a gem of the American west.