GEYSER CANYON, FROM DEVIL'S PULPIT. No. A 382. Albumen print. San Francisco: Taber Photo, n.d. [Circa 1880-1890.]. 25x32 cm (9 3/4 x 12 1/2 inches); on a thin paper mount, matted, 36.4x43 cm (14 1/2 x 17 inches). The Geysers is the world's largest geothermal field. It spans an area of around thirty square miles in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, approximately 72 miles north of San Francisco, centered in the area of Geyser Canyon and Cobb Mountain. Unlike most geothermal resources, The Geysers is a dry steam field which mainly produces superheated steam. The Geysers were first seen by European Americans and named in 1847 during John Frémont's survey of the Sierra Mountains and the Great Basin by William Bell Elliot who called the area "The Geysers," although the geothermal features were not technically geysers, but fumaroles. Between 1848 and 1854, Archibald C. Godwin developed The Geysers into a spa named The Geysers Resort Hotel, which attracted tourists including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain. The resort declined in popularity in the mid 1880s, and rebranded itself to appeal to lower-income people. The first geothermal wells drilled in Geyser Canyon were the first in the Western Hemisphere. The first power plant at the Geysers was privately developed by the owner of The Geysers Resort and opened in 1921, producing 250 kilowatts of power to light the resort. Today, The Geysers draws steam from more than 350 wells and produced 20% of California's renewable energy in 2019. A stunning scene that only a large size print like this one does justice. (#167127).