Vol 61, No 4 (2000)


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American landscape painter and graphic art­ist Thomas Moran (1837-1926) painted "Tower Creek, Yellowstone," in 1873. It is believed to be one of the original paintings used to make advertising posters for the Northern Pacific Railroad to stimulate tour­ist travel to points of beauty along the rail­road line. Northern Pacific's financier, Jay Cooke, advanced Moran $500 toward the paintings he would produce during his jour­ney West. Cooke kept "Tower Creek" in his mansion, which was rented to the Ogontz School for Girls from 1883 until the school was moved to Abington, Pennsylvania, in 1916. Abby Sutherland, owner of the school, gave the property and all facilities, includ­ing the Moran painting to Penn State in 1950. The painting resides at Penn State Abington near Philadelphia.