The yellowstone fires of 1988 threatened
to burn right through the gateway communities of Cooke City and
Silvergate MT. Backfires were lit, the entire town was sprayed
with fire retardant, prayers were whispered and fingers were
crossed. Visitors to Cooke City can today look up the side of
the hills to see how close the towns came to total destruction.
The fires concerned not only the residents and the business owners,
but thousands and thousands of people everywhere who hold these
communities near to their hearts. People who have lived and worked
here and treasure the memories.
I had the opportunity to use the following
photos and thought you would enjoy them. Where possible I have
included a "Giant" photo for those of you who have
fast DSL connections. The giant photo will fill your entire screen
and provide a magnifying glass for you to click for an even larger