Gibbon Falls, Yellow-Stone National Park

Image Size: 23.75 x 17.75
Actual Size: 27.25 x 21
Medium: Chromolithograph


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Gibbon Falls, Yellow-Stone National Park  is a chromolithograph from c.1880 showing two fisherman at the base of Gibbon Falls.  This chromolithograph is a dramatic view of the powerful Gibbon waterfall that cascades 84 feet into a small, clear pool. The setting is quintessential Yellowstone, with scrubby pine trees and rocky cliffs. The inscription on the bottom left corner below the image says Scenery From Nature on the Northern Pacific R.R.   Established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872  Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is widely held to be the first national park in the world. Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone  region for at least 11,000 years. The Northern Pacific Railroad built a train station in Livingston, Montana connecting to the northern entrance of Yellowstone in the early 1880’s . The visitors in the early years had to travel by horseback or stagecoach and had to endure poor roads and limited services. After the Northern Pacific built the station visitation to the park increased from about 300 in 1872 to 5,000 in 1883. The Yellowstone Branch Line Trail of today was one of many railroad lines  converted into nature trails. A rare print in good condition and linen backed. There is a little water staining in the bottom corners and a small paper loss on the outside left margin about three and a half inches from the bottom.