Fire Hole Basin

"Fire Hole Basin" Stalking Horse Series #13

Print Size: 19.25"x32"

Retail Price: $300 Sale Price: $95

Artist Commentary

The Yellowstone Region was known as "the Place Where Hell Bubbled Up". Such an area fostered superstition with all "Its rumblins' " earth tremors and brimstone odors. For those mountain men hardy enough, it offered shelter and food. Indians used the area as a buffer zone and traveled it on the way to hunting grounds or visiting and trading with other tribes.

The older mountain men with "miseried" could get relief in the hot springs. The various geyser basins offered relatively snow-free areas due to the geyser activity melting the snow. There were various "holes" in the region such as Gardiner Hole and Jackson Hole. These areas were good camp areas... a trapper could catch a fish in 48 degree water and drop it in a close fumarole and boil it while continuing to fish.

"Firehole Basin" is in the Yellowstone Park, which was created in 1872 by an act of Congress. It has served as an example to other countries to follow in setting aside relatively unspoiled areas of natural beauty. The park used to enjoy a six month hiatus in the Winter but today it is often used year round with only a short transitional closing. Today visitors can snowmobile, snowcoach, ski or even dog sled into this winter wonderland and witness virtually the same view as trappers in the 1820-1840 period. The main difference today is that there are far more animals and fewer predators except for man.

"Firehole Basin" is number 13 in the "Stalking Horse" series and number 7 portrayed in the Yellowstone Park. This lithograph was reproduced from an original oil (24"x40") and is limited to 850 signed by the artist and numbered lithographs with 85 artists proofs and 85 publishers proofs. It is printed on top quality 100% certified archival (300 year) paper, pH neutral number 1 grade with an image size of 19 1/4"x32" and a 2" trim. It has been personally inspected and signed by the artist in pencil. The plates have been destroyed after publication and no further issues will be produced.

Gary Carter

West Yellowstone, Montana

February 1992


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