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Yellowstone, the first National Park in the U.S. is widely held to be the first national park in the world. It is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular sites in the park.
As part of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial, Dowdle Folk Art encourages you to learn more about Yellowstone National Park.
- 1 Old Faithful is the most famous and most regular geyser in the park shooting off every 91 minutes.
- 2 Visitor Education Center at Old Faithful sits only 200 yards from the geyser.
- 3 Old Faithful Inn is the world’s largest log cabin building and was built in the winter of 1903-1904.
- 4 The Historic Yellowstone Park Bus was used from 1936-1958.
- 5 After two decades of near extinction, the gray wolf population was restored in Yellowstone National Park in 1995.
- 6 Truman C. Everts was part of the 1870 Wasburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and at one point was lost for 37 days.
- 7 The 1870 Wasburn-Langford-Doane Expedition explored the northwestern region of Wyoming, laying ground for the future Yellowstone National Park.
- 8 60% of the world’s geysers and hot springs reside in Yellowstone.
- 9 The largest bison population lives in Yellowstone with thousands of them able to roam freely.
- 10 Echinus Geyser is the largest acid-water geyser in the world and once had a major eruption that lasted nearly two hours.
- 11 Yellowstone National Park was established March 1, 1872.
- 12 Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest, oldest, and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s thermal area. Hardly any spot is below boiling point.
- 13 A Grizzly Bear’s claw grows up to 4 inches, basically a human finger!
- 14 In the West Thumb Geyser Basin is the Fishing Cone where Walter Trumball wrote about how a fish escaped one of the gentleman’s hooks and drove right into the hole. Shortly after it floated up, dead and literally boiled.