Yellowstone National Park in Teton County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
As you stand here, imagine traveling back in time to August 17, 1959. You would find yourself on a grassy knoll. Red Spouter did not exist!
Shortly before midnight, a major earthquake rocked Hebgen Lake, Montana, approximately 25 miles northwest of here. Jolts rippled through Yellowstone. In the aftermath, Red Spouter was born.
The ‘59 Quake...
• Measured magnitude 7.3 on the Richter scale.
• Was the most powerful to strike the area in recorded history.
Some Like It Hot!
Even seething hot springs support life. Heat-loving microorganisms called “thermophiles” thrive in Red Spouter. They live on gases like hydrogen sulfide, the cause of the rotten-egg odor you likely smell here.
Still Changing After All These Years
Soaked by snowmelt, Red Spouter splashes muddy water in spring.
In late summer, the pool is drier. It spits and splatters thick mud.
Nearly dry by fall, Red Spouter becomes a steam vent.
This exhibit made possible by a generous grant from the Yellowstone Park Foundation
Erected by Yellowstone Park
Location. 44° 33.065′ N, 110° 48.36′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Teton County. Marker can be reached from Grand Loop Road (U.S. 89) near Firehole lake Drive, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in the Lower Geyser Basin. Marker is in this post office area: Moran WY 83013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fountain Paint Pot (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fountain Paint Pot (within shouting distance of this marker); White Dome Geyser (approx. 0.8 miles away); Nez Perce War (approx. 1.8 miles away); Chance Encounter (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Chance Encounter (approx. 1.8 miles away); Murky Past . . . Promising Future (approx. 1.8 miles away); Buried Alive (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. On the upper right is a photo of “Red Spouter, eight months old.”
Also see . . . Yellowstone National Park. (Submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 753 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.