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

Medicine Wheel

 
 
Medicine Wheel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2015
1. Medicine Wheel Marker
Inscription. Medicine Mountain to your left, was named for the Medicine Wheel, a stone circle that lies atop a ridge below its summit. Designated a National Historic landmark, this symbol remains a mystery as the builders and purpose of the Medicine Wheel remain unknown. There is a theory that the wheel is a replica of the Sun Dance Lodge of Crow legend and was oriented to point to the summer solstice sunrise. In the Indians' religious life, peaks of the Big Horn Mountains were objects or respect. Indians journeyed into the mountain solitude to make or find their medicine. This wheel is an important symbol of Indian beliefs about man's relationship to the world. Modern Indians use the Medicine Wheel for religious ceremonies. At times, flags, or offerings are left about the wheel, signifying that a ceremony has taken place. A gravel road leads up Medicine Mountain to the site of the Medicine Wheel.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bighorn National Forrest.
 
Location. 44° 48.582′ N, 107° 50.484′ W. Marker is near Lovell, Wyoming, in Big Horn County. Marker is on U.S. 14A at milepost 79 near Forest Road 130, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lovell WY 82431, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Medicine Wheel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2015
2. Medicine Wheel Marker
This marker is on the left.
At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gold Fever (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Medicine Wheel (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Medicine Wheel (approx. 2.9 miles away); Five Springs (approx. 3.7 miles away); Mystery Shrouds the Medicine Wheel (approx. 4.1 miles away); Bighorn Basin (approx. 4.6 miles away); Big Horn Basin (approx. 4.6 miles away); Reconstruction - Finally! (approx. 6.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lovell.
 
More about this marker. This marker is approximate 21 miles west to Burgess Junction and just east of the turn-off for the Bald Mountain campground.
 
Categories. AnthropologyNative Americans
 
The Bighorn Medicine Wheel at Summer Solstice Sunrise. image. Click for full size.
By Stanford Solar Center
3. The Bighorn Medicine Wheel at Summer Solstice Sunrise.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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