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Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Sinks Canyon

Corridor to the Winds

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
1. Sinks Canyon Marker
Inscription. From the time the glaciers of the last Ice Age retreated about 16,000 years ago, people have journeyed into Sinks Canyon. The canyon is a natural pathway into and over the southern Wind River Mountains. For thousands of years people, and wildlife, have moved up from the Lander Valley, through the canyon and over the mountain passes and back again. Wildlife migrated seasonally following forage and prey. Prehistoric people came to the canyon to hut, quarry valuable stone for tools and to pick abundant fall berries. Archeological evidence shows people camped in the canyon 9,000 years ago. Native American use of the canyon continued over the centuries with tribes such as the Crow and Shoshone using the resources of the canyon in much the same way as the prehistoric hunters. European explorers, fur trappers, cattlemen and settlers all followed in more recent times. Mountain men trapped beaver in the river; lumber mills and stone quarries helped build the new town of Lander in the late 1800s. Cattle and sheep herder moved their animals through the canyon in the spring to reach the lush high mountain meadows. People have visited the canyon from the beginning for its scenic and geologic wonders. Preserved today as a state park and National Forest, the canyon is still a Corridor to the Winds for people and wildlife.
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
2. Sinks Canyon Marker
Wyoming Fish and Game Department.
 
Location. 42° 45.474′ N, 108° 47.934′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is on Sinks Canyon Road (State Highway 131), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3943 Sinks Canyon Road, Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Popo Agie Power (approx. half a mile away); The Rise of the Sinks (approx. half a mile away); Sinks Canyon - Corridor to the Winds (approx. 0.9 miles away); "The Sinks" (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Fort Augur (approx. 6.2 miles away); Noble Lane Building (approx. 6.2 miles away); Fremont Hotel (approx. 6.2 miles away); M.N Baldwin Co. (approx. 6.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lander.
 
More about this marker. This marker is locate at the entrance to Sinks Canyon State Park, about 6 1/2 miles southwest of Lander.
 
Also see . . .  Sinks Canyon - History -- Sinks Canyon State Park. European explorers, fur trappers, cattlemen and settlers followed in more recent times. Mountain men trapped beaver in the Popo Agie; lumber mills and stone quarries in the canyon helped build the new
Sinks Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
3. Sinks Canyon Marker
town of Lander in the late 1800s. Cattle and sheep outfits moved their herds through the canyon in the spring to reach lush mountain meadows. People visited the canyon for its scenic and recreation values since the valley was settled. People have always been amazed by the beauty of the canyon and sight of the Sinks and Rise.
(Submitted on July 14, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 95 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on July 14, 2016.
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