Yellowstone National Park Willy Nilly Map


Scarce pictorial mailer showing Yellowstone National Park, the ‘Land of Ten Thousand Smokes.’

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This fabulously detailed map of Yellowstone National Park was drawn by Carroll Barnes and copywritten by the Willy Nilly Map Company in 1947. The skillfully drawn view celebrates the natural beauty, animal diversity, and recreational opportunities available across America’s oldest National Park. Dozens of vignettes are labeled between the North, South, East and West Entrances, with a possible self-portrait of the cartographer visible near the lower center.

Nearly 100 separate features are illustrated and numbered across thirteen different regions; each corresponding to a ‘Boasting Chart’ on the verso that allowed the owner to record the various sites and activities. Spots for a stamp and mailing addresses are also provided, indicating the map was designed as a souvenir mailer.

One of at least six different Willy Nilly Maps designed by Barnes between 1946 and 1948; the other subjects include Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Mt. Rainier National Parks, plus the High Sierras. All are uncommon on the market. Barnes was an eccentric artist who moved to Three Rivers in the Sierra Nevada in the early 1940s. There, he spent seven years carving a 16-ft tall sculpture of Paul Bunyan from a redwood tree that, for a time, held the record as the largest wood carving in the world.

Sources: Rumsey 10689.000; Just a Car Guy Blog Bio of Carroll Evans;

Map Details

Publication Date: 1947

Author: Carroll Barnes

Sheet Width (in): 19.1

Sheet Height (in): 29

Condition: A-

Condition Description: Large souvenir map that folds into a mailer. A small tear in the lower center, near the tab, and faint toning around the outer edges and along fold lines. Very good to near fine condition overall.


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