By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 1, 2022) – In Issue 2022-041 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we visit The national park for a birthday celebration.

First National Park

Yellowstone National Park has its 150th birthday today!  It is not only the first national park in the US but also in the world.

It has many wonders associated with hilly areas, but its geysers are the signature attractions.  Yellowstone sits on a volcanic caldera, the largest super volcano in the continent.  And that fuels the hot springs and geysers.

The volcano could blow at any time – geologist talk for some time between now and about 300,000 years in the future.  When it does, a large fraction of life is likely to disappear in much of North America.  The last eruption occurred 630,000 years ago.

Here is the cover page of a promotional brochure about Yellowstone, issued by the Northern Pacific Railroads in 1940.

Yellowstone brochure cover – 1940 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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