Old Map of USA National Parks, 1967: Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Crater Lake
Old Map of USA National Parks, 1967: Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Crater Lake
Old Map of USA National Parks, 1967: Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Crater Lake
Old Map of USA National Parks, 1967: Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Crater Lake

Old Map of USA National Parks, 1967: Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Crater Lake

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Introducing "USA - Selected National Parks," a captivating infographic map originally published in 1967 by the Polish Army Topography Service. This remarkable piece serves not just as a navigational tool but as a window into the grandeur of America's natural heritage. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, it presents an in-depth exploration of four iconic national parks: Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, and Yosemite. Each park's map is a testament to the unique landscapes and geological features that have fascinated visitors for generations, rendered with precision and clarity at a scale of 1:250,000.

A Fusion of Art and Cartography

The map stands out as a fusion of detailed political and physical mapping, where artistry meets science. The intricate details capture the essence of each park, from the geothermal wonders of Yellowstone to the awe-inspiring depths of the Grand Canyon. The careful delineation of terrains, water bodies, and elevation contours offers a comprehensive view, making it an invaluable resource for enthusiasts of geography and natural history alike.

A Glimpse into the Past

Published during a time when conservation efforts were gaining momentum, "USA - Selected National Parks" reflects a period of growing appreciation for the United States' natural landscapes. Its creation by the Polish Army Topography Service adds a layer of historical significance, representing a cross-cultural tribute to the universal value of nature's marvels. This map is not merely a navigational aid but a historical artifact that captures the spirit of exploration and conservation of the 1960s.

Exploring Four American Treasures

Each section of the map dedicated to Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Crater Lake, and Yosemite offers a deep dive into the majesty of these landscapes. Yellowstone's map, for instance, highlights its vast network of geothermal features, while the Grand Canyon's portrayal emphasizes its layered rock formations. Crater Lake's deep blue waters are meticulously outlined, showcasing its volcanic origins, whereas Yosemite's map highlights its towering cliffs and waterfalls. These maps serve as a guide to the heart of America's wilderness, inviting exploration and admiration.

A Collector's Dream

"USA - Selected National Parks" is more than a map; it's a collector's piece, a slice of history, and an artistic homage to nature's splendor. Its comprehensive coverage and artistic rendering make it an exceptional item for collectors, historians, and nature lovers alike. Whether framed and displayed or used as a reference for educational purposes, this map is a timeless tribute to some of the most magnificent landscapes on Earth. Perfect for those who cherish the beauty of the natural world and the art of cartography, this map is a luxury item that embodies the spirit of adventure and discovery.

Some of the locations included on the map include:

  • Yellowstone National Park:
    • Old Faithful Geyser: The most famous geyser in the park, known for its predictable eruptions.
    • Grand Prismatic Spring: The largest hot spring in the United States, notable for its striking colors.
    • Yellowstone Grand Canyon: A stunning canyon with two major waterfalls, offering breathtaking views.
    • Lamar Valley: Renowned for its wildlife viewing opportunities, including bison, wolves, and elk.
  • Grand Canyon National Park:
    • Grand Canyon Village: The starting point for many visitors, with access to the South Rim's spectacular views.
    • Havasu Falls: A breathtakingly beautiful waterfall known for its vivid blue-green waters.
    • Bright Angel Trail: A popular hiking trail offering incredible views of the canyon's depths.
    • North Rim: Offers a quieter, more secluded experience with equally stunning views.
  • Crater Lake National Park:
    • Crater Lake: The deepest lake in the United States, known for its deep blue color and water clarity.
    • Wizard Island: A cinder cone volcano located within Crater Lake, accessible by boat in the summer.
    • Rim Drive: A scenic drive around the caldera, offering various viewpoints of the lake and landscape.
    • Phantom Ship: A natural rock formation resembling a ghost ship, visible from various overlooks around the lake.
  • Yosemite National Park:
    • Yosemite Valley: The iconic heart of the park, home to famous landmarks like El Capitan and Half Dome.
    • Yosemite Falls: One of the tallest waterfalls in North America, visible from many points in the valley.
    • Glacier Point: Offers panoramic views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the High Sierra.
    • Mariposa Grove: Home to hundreds of ancient giant sequoias, including the Grizzly Giant and California Tunnel Tree.

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This would make a wonderful birthday, Christmas, Father's Day, work leaving, anniversary or housewarming gift for someone from the areas covered by this map.

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