Most Famous Sight in Yellowstone Park, "Old Faithful" Geyser in Action, The
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THE MOST FAMOUS SIGHT IN YELLOWSTONE PARK--"OLD FAITHFUL" GEYSER IN ACTION. We are in the northwestern corner of the state of Wyoming, within the reservation set off by Congress in 1872 for a national park. This point is 850 miles west of Minneapolis, 500 miles northwest of Pike's Peak, 250 miles northeast of Great Salt Lake. Up to 50 years ago, almost nothing was known about this region; now its magnificent scenery and extraordinary natural features attract travelers from all parts of the world. The geysers of Yellowstone of themselves would make the park one of the most famous in the world. Here are found more and greater geysers than may be found in all the rest of the world put together. The other noted geyser fileds are in Iceland and New Zealand. The eruption of molten lava from these heights ceased ages ago, but surface water, percolating down through the soil, evidently reaches even today hidden surfaces of immense heat, for 100 geysers in different parts of the park are sending up intermittent fountains of boiling water and steam like this one here, and thousands of hot springs, as significant in their way, if not quite so dramatic, are scattered over the reservation. Old Faithful is perhaps the most famous geyser in the world. It derives its name from the clock-like regularity of its outbursts, which occur without fail every sixty-four minutes. These continue for almost five minutes, then the eruption loses force and the stream slowly descends. Scientists tell us that Old Faithful has been working at its present rate for at least 1000 years. Other noted geysers near this one are the Bee Hive, the Giant and the Giantess.