Virginia Cascades

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Virginia Cascades
September 1989
Location Yellowstone National Park, Park County, Wyoming
Coordinates 44°42′47″N 110°38′46″W / 44.71306°N 110.64611°W / 44.71306; -110.64611 (Virginia Cascades)Coordinates: 44°42′47″N 110°38′46″W / 44.71306°N 110.64611°W / 44.71306; -110.64611 (Virginia Cascades)[1]
Type Cascade
Total height 60 feet (18 m)
Watercourse Gibbon River

Virginia Cascades (height 60 feet (18 m)), is a cascade type waterfall on the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park. Virginia Cascades is located just south of the Norris-Canyon road approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) east of Norris Junction. A one-way road provides access to the north side of the cascades.

Virginia Cascades was named in 1886 to honor Virginia Gibson, the wife of Charles Gibson, the head of the Yellowstone Park Association concessions by Ed Lamartine who built the first wagon road between Norris and Canyon. In 1880, then superintendent Philetus Norris had named the cascades, Norris Falls but geologist Arnold Hague, although he did not like to give personal names to scenic features, agreed to the name Virginia Cascades because he thought it useful to name park features after states in the union.[2]

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  1. ^ "Virginia Cascades". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Whittlesey, Lee (1996). Yellowstone Place Names. Wonderland Publishing Company Gardiner, MT. p. 260. ISBN 1-59971-716-6.