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Near Greycliff in Sweet Grass County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Crazy Mountains

 
 
The Crazy Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2009
1. The Crazy Mountains Marker
Inscription. Called Awaxaawippiia by the Apsaalooka (Crow) Indians, the Crazy Mountains, which you can see to the northwest, are an igneous formation forged about 50 million years ago. For the Apsaalooka, they are the most sacred and revered mountains on the northern Great Plains. Awaxaawippiia was a place of refuge and protection. The Apsaalooka's enemies would not follow them into the mountains. Because of their great spiritual power, Awaxaawippiia continues to be an important vision quest site for the tribe. Famed Chief Plenty Coups has a vision there in 1857 in which, he said, the end of the plains Indian way-of-life was shown to him.
There are several stories about how the mountains got their current name. The most popular story goes that a woman traveling across the plains with a wagon train went insane. She escaped from the party and was found near these mountains. So they were called the Crazy Woman Mountains, a name which was eventually shortened. Perhaps the mountains were named, as others have claimed, because of their crazy appearance. The Crazy Mountains were an important landmark for Bozeman Trail emigrants in the Yellowstone Valley. This district was great cow and sheep country in the days of the open range, and there are still a number of large ranches in this vicinity, though now under fence.
 
Location.
The Crazy Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2009
2. The Crazy Mountains Marker
45° 44.16′ N, 109° 45.417′ W. Marker is near Greycliff, Montana, in Sweet Grass County. Marker is on Interstate 90 at milepost 381, 4 miles west of Bridger Creek Road and I-90 Interchange (Exit 384), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located at the I-90 Westbound Rest Area near mile marker 381, next to the Captain Wm. Clark marker. Marker is in this post office area: Greycliff MT 59033, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Captain Wm. Clark (a few steps from this marker); The Thomas Party (approx. 2.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is beginning to show some wear on the wood finish.
 
Also see . . .  Crazy Mountains - Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 22, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
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The Crazy Mountains across the plains image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2009
3. The Crazy Mountains across the plains
The Crazy Mountains are located in the Gallatin National Forest, northwest of the town of Big Timber, MT.
The Crazy Mountains in the distance image. Click for full size.
By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2010
4. The Crazy Mountains in the distance
The Crazy Mountains are located northwest of Big Timber, MT and are part of the Gallatin National Forest Big Timber Ranger District.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,045 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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