Today in History: Thomas Moran

Tower Falls and Sulphur Mountain, Yellowstone
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.

Thomas Moran paintings

Report of the Superintendent of the Yellowstone National Park to the Secretary of the Interior for the year 1872 (see page image 9 and page image 10 for mention of Moran)

Artist’s Adventures. A Journey to the Devil’s Tower The Century Volume 47, Issue 3, Jan 1894

Thomas Moran historical newspaper coverage

Thomas Moran’s Diary National Park Service

Thomas Moran Art Exhibit National Park Service

Painter Thomas Moran America’s Library

Yellowstone, the First National Park article from Mapping the National Parks collection

Primary Source Spotlight: Yellowstone National Park

National Park Service primary sources & teaching resources