Moran had illustrated Yellowstone's wonders before he ever saw them.
News: Giantess Geyser Erupts for the First Time in Years
When it begins an eruption, for some minutes it throws 250 feet high, but after this not eighty feet high.
A Scene: Gesyers in the Moonlight — Edwin J. Stanley, 1883
"The eruptions as witnessed by moonlight are truly sublime."
A Tale: A Circuit Rider Describes the Upper Geyser Basin — Edwin J. Stanley, 1873
Some of the party built bonfires and watched the eruptions by firelight, which were very fine, giving the rising volumes the appearance of fiery liquid hurled forth from the crater of a volcano.
A Tale: Early Travelers Confuse Geyser Basins — Rossiter Raymond, 1871
Since, the largest eruptions we observed did not exceed forty-five feet in height, we set down his [Langford's] account as hugely overdrawn, and were deeply disgusted at the depravity of travelers.
A Tale: Finding a Goldilocks Pool at Mammoth Hot Springs — John W. Barlow, 1871
"The temperature varies in the different pools from fifty degrees all the way up to one hundred and eighty, so there is no difficulty in finding a bath of suitable temperature."
A Tale: Prospectors Say They Have Seen the Fires of Hell — Montana Post, 1867
"His feet broke through, and the blue flame and smoke gushed forth, enveloping him."
A Tale: Adventurers Run Out of Grub at Old Faithful — Seth Bullock, 1872
We are getting short on grub. Nothing left but flour and coffee. White prepared for supper a new dish, called Geyser sauce.
A Tale: Soaping Beehive Geyser to Make It Play — Georgina Synge, 1892
“She’s off —the ‘Beehive’s guisin’,” shouted Smithson, and off we dashed, helter-skelter, arriving breathless, but in capital time to see a grand eruption."
A Tale: Joe Meek Flees Blackfeet and Finds Wonderland — c. 1829
"Joe gazed and wondered. Curious thoughts came into his head, about hell and the day of doom. "