Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Beaver Rim and the Wind River Range
During the geologic event known as the Laramide Orogeny, the Wind River Mountains were pushed upward 60,000 feet. After 10 million years of erosion, the Precambrian granite peaks, the oldest rocks in the world, were left jutting into the sky, as seen today. Beaver Rim was formed by marine deposits left from shallow, ancient inland seas. The white cliffs reflect the last 65 million years of Wyoming's geologic history.
Native Americans traveled this path for over 10,000 years. Mountain men explored the Wind Rivers for beaver pelts since the early 1800s. Gold miners and pioneers sought their fortune here since the mid-1800s. The Oregon-Mormon-Gold Rush Trail passes within 10 miles to the east of Beaver Rim.
Fremont County is home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. It boasts almost 200 miles of the Continental Divide; Gannett Peak, Wyoming's highest mountain, at 13,804 feet; more than 70 miles of the Oregon Trail; 626 lakes and reservoirs; over 2000 miles
Location. 42° 35.118′ N, 108° 17.426′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 287 12 miles east of Wyoming Route 28. Click for map. Marker is located at scenic pullout on north side of US 287. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (here, next to this marker); Sweetwater Station (approx. 5.9 miles away); Sweetwater Willows (approx. 5.9 miles away); Oregon Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Sweetwater Valley (approx. 5.9 miles away); Sixth Crossing (approx. 6.1 miles away); Women of Sixth Crossing (approx. 6.3 miles away); Willie Rescue Site (approx. 10 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lander.
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