THE YELLOWSTONE MUG
Yellowstone, America’s first national park
The Grand Prismatic Spring
Yellowstone National Park’s Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest hot spring in America. The first records of the spring are from 1839, when a group of European explorers and surveyors made note of a “boiling lake”.
Geologists named it for its distinct coloring when they noticed its similarity to the colors in a optical prism rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, and blue. These colors inspired our mug!
Old Faithful Geyser
Old Faithful was the first Yellowstone geyser to be named. As Yellowstone’s most popular cone geyser, Old Faithful is still erupting on schedule every 44 minutes to two hours since 2000. However, many people are unaware of Old Faithful’s shady past.
In the early days, the predictable geyser was sometimes used to do laundry! Clothes placed in the crater were thoroughly washed when the geyser erupted. “We found that linen and cotton fabrics were uninjured by the action of the water, but woolen clothes were torn to shreds.” – circa 1882