Lower Falls of Yellowstone
Stereograph showing canyon and waterfalls.
by Joshua Crissman
Published by W.I. Marshall, c1876.
Text from back of stereograph:
The National Park
This Park, the largest in the world, area
3578 sq, miles, elevation above the sea from 6000 to 14,000 ft.,
is on both sides (but mainly on E. side) of the main range of
the Rocky Mts., in N. W. corner of Wyoming Territory. U. S. of
A. It was made a National Park by Act of Congress, approved
March 1, 1872, and contains a far greater number and variety of
natural wonders – lakes, cataracts, cañons, mud volcanoes.
solfataras, fumaroles, ornamental hot springs, spouting geysers,
etc., – than any other equal area on the globe.
YELLOWSTONE FALLS AND GRAND CAÑON SERIES.
Nos. 63. 64. Upper Fails of Yellowstone,
140 ft. high.
" 65, 66. Crystal Cascades of Cascade Creek, 129 feet
" 67,68, 69. Lower Falls of Yellowstone, 397 ft. high
" 70, 71, 72, 73. Grand Cañon
of Yellowstone, 12 to 1500 ft. deep.
The Yellowstone River (Yellowstone River
Series, Nos. 56 to. 73 inclusive), 20 miles N. of Yellowstone
Lake (see Yellowstone Lake Series, Nos. 53 to 55 inclusive), and
13 miles N. of Mud Volcanoes (see Nos. 51 and 52), after dashing
down the Yellowstone Rapids, leaps down the Upper Falls, and a
short ½ mile below down the Lower Falls, receiving, about midway
between the two, Cascade Creek from the W. The colored part of
the Grand Cañon begins between the two falls, and it is beyond
question the loveliest rock scenery in the world. The-entire 27
miles in length of the Grand Cañon is through volcanic rocks
which have weathered in countless quaint and lovely forms. The
height and the curious erosions of the cliffs are, however, far
less wonderful than the unequalled richness and variety of their
coloring, comprising the whole range of the chromatic scale,
except the pure blues and the blue greens and purples. Acres of
yellow, from gold to pale straw; of red, from carmine to pink;
of browns, and whites, and grays, and drabs, and blacks — all
intermingled and blended, so that one sees all the rainbow-hued
glories of the autumn woods dyed through and through these
mighty cliffs; not evanescent, but eternal as the everlasting
hills they buttress; not to vanish with the breath of winter,
but to remain, to dazzle all beholders with their bewildering
beauty, till autumns cease, and winters come no more. 20 miles
below the Falls of the Yellowstone are Tower Falls, on Tower
Creek (see Nos. 74 to 78); and 20 miles farther N. are the
Mammoth Hot Springs (see Nos. 89 to 116), on Gardiner's River
(see Nos. 79 to 88).
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