Today in History–February 12–the Library of Congress features painter Thomas Moran, born on this date in 1837. In 1871 Moran joined a scientific exploration of lands along the Yellowstone River headed by Ferdinand V. Hayden. Moran’s paintings, together with photographer William Henry Jackson’s photographs, helped spur public interest in the area and convince Congress to set aside the Yellowstone area as a national park in 1872. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and by clicking the related links below.
Artist’s Adventures. A Journey to the Devil’s Tower The Century Volume 47, Issue 3, Jan 1894
Thomas Moran’s Diary National Park Service
Thomas Moran Art Exhibit National Park Service
Yellowstone, the First National Park article from Mapping the National Parks collection