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

A 4,000 Mile Journey

 
 
A 4,000 Mile Journey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
1. A 4,000 Mile Journey Marker
Inscription.
The earthbound journey begins . . .
. . . when a raindrop or snowflake hits the upper slopes of the Big Horn Mountains. It joins other drops and gains momentum seeking the path of least resistance.

Say “goodbye” to the drop as it rolls over Shell Falls. Heading west, it joins the Bighorn River, then flows north into the Yellowstone River in Montana.

The drop meets up with the Missouri River somewhere near the North Dakota border, then heads south and east touring the farmlands and cities of the Midwest.

The mighty Mississippi River carries the little drop through the deep south and finally spills it into the Gulf of Mexico – a 4,000-mile journey.

Of course, the journey is rarely so simple or direct – and it never really ends. The little drop has many choices as it travels over, under, and around the earth in the never-ending Water Cycle.

A drop of water flowing over Shell Falls today could wind up in your bathtub next month.
 
Erected by Bighorn National Forest.
 
Location. 44° 35.206′ N, 107° 36.892′ W. Marker is in Shell, Wyoming, in Big Horn County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 14, on the right when traveling west. Click for map
Markers in Bighorn National Forest image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
2. Markers in Bighorn National Forest
Several markers can be found at this location. The 4,000 Mile Journey marker is the rightmost of those seen here.
. Marker is located in the Shell Falls Interpretive Site in Bighorn National Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Shell WY 82441, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Forming Waterfalls (here, next to this marker); Shaping a Canyon (here, next to this marker); Oasis in the Desert (a few steps from this marker); Lifeblood of the West (a few steps from this marker); Hummingbirds (a few steps from this marker); Carving a Course (a few steps from this marker); Moving Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Wildfire! (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Shell.
 
More about this marker. The marker contains a map that shows the route that a drop of water would take from the Big Horn Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
A 4,000 Mile Journey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
3. A 4,000 Mile Journey Marker
The marker can be seen along the wall in the background.
Bighorn National Forest image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
4. Bighorn National Forest
Marker is located in the Shell Falls Interpretive Site in Bighorn National Forest.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 156 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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