The Yellowstone Trail Alliance of Minnesota (us!) is a portion of this historic trail.

The Yellowstone Trail was  the first transcontinental automobile highway in the United States through the northern tier of states from Washington through Massachusetts.

The Yellowstone Trail  Association  was formed in October 1912 and was active until  1930.  The creation of the Yellowstone Trail was a grassroots effort, not a governmental effort…

For complete the history of the trail, see

Our section of the trail:  The Yellowstone Trail Alliance of Western Minnesota (YTAWMN) , changed in 2021 to The Yellowstone Trail Alliance of Minnesota. 

Our Mission:  To promote destination corridors comprised of western Minnesota communities along the Yellowstone Trail through the celebration, revitalization, and development of arts, culture, historic, and recreation assets.

Who is YTAWMN?  YTAWMN is made up of volunteers from along the Yellowstone Trail.  The initial YTAWMN involved a corridor of communities running from Grant Falls to Buffalo Lake.  The group has been meeting monthly since January of 2018 and is now seeking to expand its membership from Granite Falls to Ortonville while also working with an emerging YT Alliance of Eastern Minnesota. In 2021 the entire state was included from Ortonville to Stillwater.  

Fulfilling the legacy of local legend Michael J. Dowling
A former resident of Granite Falls, Renville, and Olivia, Michael J. Dowling is perhaps the premier champion of the Yellowstone Trail.  Dowling was the first YTA President (from 1917-1919) following founder Joseph Paarmley of Ipswich, S.D.  Dowling declared to association members that one day the Yellowstone Trail would one day bring a “golden stream” of tourists to all communities along its route.  Established 100 years after Dowling was elected national YTA President, YTAWMN was formed to realize Dowling’s legacy in full.

The Yellowstone Trail in MN
The Yellowstone Trail runs coast to coast.  In Minnesota, it follows Highway 212 & 7.  In 1959, Senator Leo Lauerman, R. of Olivia successfully led the passage of legislation officially declaring Highway 212 in Minnesota the Yellowstone Trail.

The following articles are from the archives of local newspapers – the photograph shows the uncovering of the old Yellowstone Trail route in Buffalo Lake – 

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