Near Jeffrey City in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
A Western Legacy
Wild horses are distant cousins of mustangs brought here by Spanish explores. Over the years, some of the Spanish mustangs escaped and formed herds of wild horses that roamed the old west.
As Native Americans learned how to capture and use wild horses, their way of life changed dramatically. Horses came to symbolize both increased mobility and wealth to the plains (sic) Indian.
Horses also played an important role in westward expansion. Emigrants, cowboys, the military and freighters, to name a few, depended on horses for transportation. This made wild horses attractive to the Army and others as remounts.
Today's wild horses are mainly descendants of ranch horses which escaped or were turned loose onto the public lands over the years.
Horses have no natural predators. So, it is necessary to manage herd levels so that wildlife, livestock, wild horses, and the rangelands they depend on are not hurt by overpopulation. BLM conducts periodic round-ups to control the number of animals on the public rangelands.
Wild horses are available to the American public through BLM's Adopt-a-Horse program.
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Location. 42° 27.223′ N, 107° 32.763′ W. Marker is near Jeffrey City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from Wyoming 789 (U.S. 287) near Wyoming Route 220, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2656 Wyoming 789, Jeffrey City WY 82310, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trails to Opportunity (here, next to this marker); Split Rock (here, next to this marker); Split Rock Meadows (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Split Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Split Rock (approx. 3.2 miles away); Muddy Gap (approx. 8.2 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located at the BLM Split Mountain Historic Site.
Categories. • Animals •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on July 13, 2016.