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America's History in the Making

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Adventures in the New Wonderland, the Yellowstone National Park

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Northern Pacific Railway, ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN THE NEW WONDERLAND, THE YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (n.d.). Courtesy of Yellowstone National Park.

Creator Northern Pacific Railway
Context Railroads promoted scenic routes to attract tourists.
Audience Potential railroad customers
Purpose To compete with other railroads by providing information and promoting the scenic routes of the Northern Pacific Railway

Historical Significance

In 1884, the Northern Pacific Railway launched an annual publication to compete with other railroads for potential travelers. The publications included illustrations, route maps, and descriptions of scenic tourist destinations. These publications represented the beginning of railroad tourism. Alice's Adventures in the New Wonderland was the title of the first two issues, making a reference to Lewis Carroll's popular children's book. The "New Wonderland" was Yellowstone National Park, which the federal government established as the world's first national park in 1872.

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