Did you know that in 1870 Henry D. Washburn observed a geyser in northwestern Wyoming that erupted on a predictable schedule? He named it “Old Faithful”. Old Faithful is one of the most famous geysers in the world and is located in Yellowstone National Park. The geyser sends 3,700-8,400 gallons of near boiling water about 130 feet into the air. The eruptions last 1.5 To 5 minutes long. The time between eruptions has been linked to the duration of the previous eruption. A shorter eruption leads to a shorter time between eruptions. Currently the geyser erupts ever 60-110 minutes.
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Henry D. Washburn was led the Washburn Expedition of 1870 that explored the region of northwestern Wyoming that eventually became Yellowstone National Park.
Old Faithful was the first geyser to be named during the Washburn Expedition.
The height of the geyser ranges from 106 to 184 feet.
The temperature of the steam has been measured above 350°. The water temperature is 204°
Old Faithful has always attracted visitors and tourists. A hotel and other accommodations were built nearby to cater to visitors’ needs.
Many of these buildings are still preserved in the Old Faithful Historic District.
Some of the early tourists and visitors treated Old Faithful as a laundry. They would through clothes into the geyser, which would be churned and then shot out when geyser erupted. Cotton and linen clothing fared the best, woolen articles were usually shredded.
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