Tower Falls, Yellowstone, 20th Century

Tower Falls, Yellowstone, 20th Century

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Credit: NPS Photo/Frank J. Haynes/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Postcard of Tower Falls photographed by Frank J. Haynes, no date. Tower Fall is a waterfall on Tower Creek in the north-eastern region of Yellowstone NP. Approximately 1,000 yards upstream from the creek's confluence with the Yellowstone River, the fall plunges 132 feet. Its name comes from the rock pinnacles at the top of the fall. A well-known painting by Thomas Moran in 1871 helped persuade Congress to set aside Yellowstone as the world's first national park in 1872. Yellowstone National Park is a national park located primarily in the state of Wyoming, although it also extends into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone, widely held to be the first national park in the world, is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features. The park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles. The Yellowstone Caldera is the largest super volcano on the.

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