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Near Buffalo in Johnson County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Buffalo and the Bighorn Mountains

 
 
Buffalo and the Bighorn Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 4, 2016
1. Buffalo and the Bighorn Mountains Marker
Inscription. The landforms dominating the western horizon are the result of geologic events taking place over 2.7 billion years. The major mountain building episode, which formed the Bighorns, began around 65 million years ago. This uplift resulted in the exposure of rock formations dating to the earliest periods of the earth's history. Extending some 160 miles north-south and 36 miles east-west, extensive glaciations over the last several million years carved the rugged peaks. Cloud Peak, at 13, 175 ft, is the highest point in the range. The "Horn" is south of Buffalo about 40 miles where the front face of the foothills falls off onto the plains. Local stockmen drove sheep and cattle "round the horn" to reach higher summer pastures.
Buffalo and the Bighorn Mountains support great wildlife diversity, with hunting and fishing playing a major role in the area's economy. The sagebrush grasslands of the lower elevations provide habitat for pronghorn, mule deer, and sage grouse. White-tail deer and wild turkeys lurk along wooded stream bottoms and agricultural areas. The area hosts healthy populations of Shiras moose, mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, mountain lion, black bear and blue grouse. Some of the most sought-after moose hunting areas can be found in the Bighorns. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Bud Love Wildlife Habitat Management Area,
Buffalo and the Bighorn Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 4, 2016
2. Buffalo and the Bighorn Mountains Marker
just west of Buffalo, provides crucial winter range for around 500 elk and 200 mule deer.
 
Erected by Wyoming Fish and Game Department.
 
Location. 44° 20.436′ N, 106° 38.076′ W. Marker is near Buffalo, Wyoming, in Johnson County. Marker is on Interstate 90 at milepost 59 near U.S. 16, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo WY 82834, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Buffalo (approx. 0.2 miles away); Homesteader Cabin (approx. 2.8 miles away); High Side Freight Wagon (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bozeman Trail (approx. 2.8 miles away); Big Horn Mountains (approx. 2.8 miles away); Living on the Edge (approx. 3.2 miles away); Occidental Hotel (approx. 3.2 miles away); Johnson County Courthouse (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Buffalo.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at a pullout on southbound I-90 about 1 mile south of the U.S. 16 exit.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 71 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on September 19, 2016.
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