The L.E. Dunn Road is now a trail but it provides access to a mile and a half of the upper Yellowstone River near Emigrant, Montana. Other roads on different locations now serve the purpose once provided by the Old Dunn Road. Park County historian Jerry Brekke researched the historical value of the road/trail, which he said was created in the early 1900s as the L.E. Dunn Road. The road later became known as the Yellowstone Trail Road that drivers traveled to reach Yellowstone National Park.
In 2007, a developer, planning a large subdivision, requested the easement be abandon. The commissioners refused. Because of access and historic values the Park County Commissioners did not abandon the 60 foot easement on the road. Instead, they turned it into a non motorized trail. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed to the effect that the trail would remain open to the public with interpretative signs and trail head facilities.
Sometime in August, someone removed the signs, put up a locked gate and a “No Trespassing” sign at the south end of the easement. At the Aug. 20, 2013 Park County Commission meeting, Mike McDaniel, Paradise Valley Homeowners Association, said the interpretive signs installed by the county at the south end of the L.E. Dunn Road trail were gone, as well as the “No Motorized Vehicles” sign. A locked gate was across the trail access point. The County Attorney was notified.
A meeting was held in early September 2013 and a number of local residents testified, including County Historian Jerry Breckke and PLWA representative Lou Goosey. The Commissioners upheld the public ownership of the trail and insisted the gate be removed and the signs be replaced. They considered bringing a Criminal Mischief Complaint against Yellowstone River Ranch Estates, who admitted installing the gate and removing the signs. The company claimed all this was large “misunderstanding”.
MR Breckke stated, “It is amazing how the atmosphere of the meeting changed when Lou Goosey entered the room wearing his PLWA hat.”