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America's History in the Making

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Lower Falls of the Yellowstone

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William Henry Jackson, LOWER FALL OF THE YELLOWSTONE (1871). Courtesy Yellowstone National Park.

Creator William Henry Jackson
Context An 1871 U.S. Geological expedition to survey the sources of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers
Audience U.S. Geological Survey, Congress, and (later) the general public
Purpose To photograph Yellowstone's geologic features and landscapes.

Historical Significance

William Henry Jackson was the photographer for Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden's U.S. Geological Survey of the territories. Jackson worked closely with Moran to document parts of Wyoming, the Green River, and the Yellowstone region. Jackson's photographs and Moran's artwork helped persuade Congress to pass legislation establishing Yellowstone as the first national park in 1872.

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