The Walk into History Program began in 2005 to fund beautification of the landscape in the Oregon Shortline Historic District, starting with the area surrounding the 1908 Union Pacific Depot which houses the Yellowstone Historic Center Museum. These pictures show the results this program has already had in renovating the depot grounds. Over 250 bricks have already been installed in the Walk into History, but room remains for many more.
Ordering a Brick
You may use this online order form (download the form, print it, complete it, and return it to us by mail or fax), pick up a hard copy at the Museum or our Administrative Office, or contact us via phone or email if you have additional questions. You may choose either a large or a small brick, depending on how much text you want. Each rectangle represents one brick. Your inscription for each brick must fit into one rectangle, with one character per dashed line, up to a maximum of 16 characters per line. A character is defined as a letter, number, blank space, hyphen, ampersand, comma, apostrophe, exclamation point, or period. Do not use any other punctuation marks or special characters. Please be sure to write legibly or type your inscription.
Participants in the program purchase a brick that is engraved with a personal message of their choice. Two brick sizes are available: the 4" x 8" size is $60 while the 8" X 8" size is $75. Once each year, usually at the end of June or beginning of July, bricks ordered the previous year are installed on the pathway in front of the museum.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I be able to see my brick in front of the Museum? If you order a brick before April 15, it will be ordered right after April 15 and it will be installed by August of that same year. Bricks ordered after April 15 will not be ordered and installed until the following year and summer. Why does it take so long from the time I order my brick until it’s installed? To get a large enough quantity, brick orders are only placed once a year. Due to the climate in West Yellowstone , bricks can only be installed between mid-June and mid-September.
When will my donation be used for outside beautification? Proceeds from this program are earmarked for the beautification of the grounds of the Union Pacific depot. As soon as you make your donation it will be used for this purpose.
How can I get confirmation that my brick has been ordered? If you provide an email address on the form, we will email you a confirmation upon ordering your brick. We will ask you then to confirm the inscription on your brick and provide corrections if needed. YHC will not share any of your contact information, including your email address and phone number. What happens if my inscription is wrong or misspelled? This does happen occasionally. Sometimes bricks get chipped or cracked in the shipping process. If there is a problem with your brick, you will be notified immediately. Every effort will be made to obtain and install your replacement brick as quickly as possible, in most cases before the end of the current installation year. This is why it is so important that you fill out your inscription and contact information as legibly as possible and confirm the inscription by email.