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The Influences of Art on Yellowstone

features paintings, photos, and drawings, many of which contributed to the creation of the nation's first national park. The waterfalls, geysers, rock formations, and vistas in these works helped spread an appreciation of the wonders of Yellowstone. When President Grant signed into law the bill establishing Yellowstone as our first national park in 1872, he set in motion the tradition of preserving other tracts of great beauty for future generations. (National Park Service)

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Photograph: Carleton Watkins. Yosemite Falls and the Merced River. Yosemite National Park.

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