Monday, August 11, 2008

WPA Poster ~ Yellowstone National Park

This is another poster created by the Works Progress Administration for the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service in 1938, artist unknown. The WPA, created by President Franklin Roosevelt, was the largest program established during the Great Depression and operated from 1935-1943. It was made unnecessary by production demands of World War II.

This poster depicts the famous Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park. One of the most popular and well known features of the park, it erupts almost every 91 minutes and shoots 3.700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling hot water an average of 145 feet into the air. Another park landmark is Yellowstone Lake, one of the highest high altitude lakes in North America, centered on the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest super volcano on the continent.

The park was established in 1872. It is mostly in Wyoming, but extends into Idaho and Montana, as well. It had been overlooked by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 1800s and except for a few mountain men, it went unexplored by white settlers until the mid to late nineteenth century.

The park has geysers, lakes, canyons, rivers, waterfalls and mountain ranges and free roaming bison, wolves, elk, and grizzlies. The park is a treasure trove of natural flora and fauna.

The painting below was made by Wuilliam Henry Jackson of the Hayden Expedition in 1871, and shows them as they explored the edge of Yellowstone Lake.

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