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Cody in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Colterís Hell

Wyoming

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2015
1. Colterís Hell Marker
Inscription.
† † † John Colter, veteran of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, notably self-sufficient mountain man and indefatigable explorer, was the first white man known to have reconnoitered this locale. In 1807, possibly traveling alone but probably escorted by Crow guides, he crossed the Stinking Water (Shoshone River) via a major Indian-trail ford located about a mile downstream from this observation point. Here, extending along both sides of the river, he discovered an active geyser district. Steam mixed with sulfur fumes and shooting flames escaped through vents in the valley floor, subterranean rumblings were ominously audible. Although mineralized hot springs continue to flow along the riverís edge, the eruptions Colter watched are now marked only by cones of parched stone.

† † † This was primarily Shoshone and Crow country but other Indians came to the area. Particularly Bannocks and Nez Percť, journeying eastward over the mountains to hunt the plains buffalo, tarried to test the heralded medicinal values of these “stinking waters” baths. Ranged along bench-lands to the east and north are numerous tepee rings, evidence of former Indian encampments. Heart Mountain, famous landmark and geological oddity, is conspicuous on the northern horizon.

† † † Honoring a respected predecessor, mountain men of the 1820ís-1830ís
Colterís Hell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2015
2. Colterís Hell Marker
fur trade heyday named this place Colterís Hell. Later, early-day officials of Yellowstone Park applied that name to the Parkís geyser area – thereby causing a degree of historic confusion. The true Colterís Hell is here in view.
 
Location. 44° 30.7′ N, 109° 6.969′ W. Marker is in Cody, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on W Yellowstone Avenue (U.S. 20), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cody WY 82414, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cedar Mountain (approx. half a mile away); Arland & Corbett (approx. half a mile away); The Panoramic View (approx. 0.6 miles away); Colterís Hell & Extinct Geyser Basin (approx. 0.6 miles away); Indian Names for Land Features (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old Cody City & Buffalo Bill Codyís Town in the Rockies (approx. 0.6 miles away); Lee Street – Cody City (approx. 0.6 miles away); Stone Circles (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Cody.
 
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Marker in Cody, WY image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 25, 2015
3. Marker in Cody, WY
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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