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Near Shell in Big Horn County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Nature's Destruction

 
 
Nature's Destruction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2010
1. Nature's Destruction Marker
Inscription. In June 1959, a tornado roared over the south rim of the canyon directly before you. Its path was along Granite Creek to your left and through what used to be Granite Creek Campground. One person was killed. The twister ripped up timber and laid it out in the pattern you see now.

While tornadoes usually occur on the plains, several have visited the Big Horn Mountains. Blowing down mountain timber at 10,000 feet above sea level, these tornadoes are among the highest on record. The Forest Service salvaged part of the downed timber, but the steepness made it difficult to retrieve trees from the upper slopes. A road at the bottom of the blowdown area enabled some clearing and reseeding. Most of the scar has revegetated naturally.
 
Erected by Bighorn National Forest.
 
Location. 44° 34.346′ N, 107° 33.048′ W. Marker is near Shell, Wyoming, in Big Horn County. Marker is on U.S. 14 one mile west of Forest Road 17, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located along the Bighorn Scenic Byway approximately 13 miles east of Shell. Marker is in this post office area: Shell WY 82441, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Agents of Change (here, next
Marker in Bighorn National Forest image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
2. Marker in Bighorn National Forest
to this marker); Moving Mountains (approx. 3.3 miles away); A 4,000 Mile Journey (approx. 3.3 miles away); Forming Waterfalls (approx. 3.3 miles away); Hummingbirds (approx. 3.3 miles away); Shaping a Canyon (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lifeblood of the West (approx. 3.3 miles away); Oasis in the Desert (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Shell.
 
More about this marker. The illustrative drawing on the marker was done by Connie J. Robinson in 1989.
 
Categories. EnvironmentHorticulture & Forestry
 
Forest Scar Remaining from the 1959 Tornado image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2010
3. Forest Scar Remaining from the 1959 Tornado
View to the southeast from the marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 338 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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