Today in History, February 12: 1837 – Thomas Moran is born in Bolton, England. Moran would immigrate to America, and as an American became an accomplished artist. In 1871 he accompanied the U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories, and along with photographer William Henry Jackson created images of the West. Jackson took Moran’s paintings back east after the expedition, and Moran’s paintings soon convinced Congress to approve the creation of the Yellowstone National Park. Moran brought the incredible images of the west home to Americans and inspired many to be pioneers.