Yellowstone Falls Postcards

A tourist visiting Mammoth and the geyser basins would follow up with a trip to Yellowstone Canyon. These postcards show the canyon and waterfalls in Yellowstone. Click on any image to download a PDF of that card.

To get to canyon overlooks on the east side of the river, tourists would cross this bridge which was built in 1903 (and replaced in 1963). It is a Melan arch bridge and is notable for being made of concrete that would entirely poured in just 74 hours. This particular card was sent by the Northern Pacific to a potential tourist in Pennsylvania, but there’s no date on the postmark.

The Chittenden Bridge is visible in the background of this photo of Upper Yellowstone Falls.

Here’s Lower Yellowstone Falls in a postcard made from a photo by Asahel Curtis. Considering the colors in this photo are much more muted than in real life, I suspect whoever colored it had never been to the park.

This is a Gustav Krollman painting of the same scene as in the previous photo. Although I thought Krollman’s painting of Mammoth terraces was a bit unrealistic, I find the colors in this painting to be much more realistic than the ones in the hand-colored photo.

If I’m correct about dating, this card with the NP logo on the back is older than the Asahel Curtis card, but the colors are a little more realistic.

I believe this photo is taken from an overlook right above the lower falls looking down the canyon.

Crystal Falls is the last bit of Cascade Creek as it flows into the Yellowstone River between the Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls. At 129 feet in height, it is actually a bit taller than the upper falls, which are 109 feet, but much shorter than the lower falls, which are 308 feet.

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