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Near Emigrant in Park County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness

 
 
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By Craig Baker, September 9, 2018
1. Absaroka - Beartooth Marker
Inscription.  The Absaroka - Beartooth Wilderness, which lies to the east, contains one of the largest single expanses of land above 10,000 feet in elevation in the United States. The U.S. Forest Service set aside portions of the region as primitive areas in 1932, and Congress voted it a wilderness area in 1978. Visitors spent 392,000 collective days here in 1983, making it the fourth most visited wilderness in America at that time.
Artifacts and pictographs indicate that people have hunted in these mountains for thousands of years, but it has always been country for people to visit, not live in. Reserved by treaty for the Crow in 1851, the tribe shared with the less-rugged mountains on the west side of the wilderness (that you can see from here) their name for themselves, Absaroka (Ab-soar-key). The rugged mountains on the east side they named Beartooth, after a tooth-shaped peak located south of Red Lodge. Gold discoveries in the 1860s attracted prospectors to Emigrant Gulch, and an 1880 treaty moved the reservation boundary eastward to allow clandestine mining claims to be developed in the mountains.
The entire wilderness is a watershed for
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By Craig Baker, September 9, 2018
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the Yellowstone, the longest undammed river left in the United States. It flows over 670 miles from its sources out of Yellowstone National Park and is the lifeblood of about one-third of Montana and much of northern Wyoming.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native AmericansParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 45° 17.735′ N, 110° 50.066′ W. Marker is near Emigrant, Montana, in Park County. Marker is on U.S. 89 30 miles south of Interstate 90, on the left when traveling south. Located at the Emigrant Rest Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Emigrant MT 59027, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Emigrant Gulch (approx. 4.2 miles away); Take a walk through history on the Yankee Jim Trail (approx. 8.8 miles away); Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout (approx. 8.8 miles away); Along the Yellowstone River (approx. 13.2 miles away).
 
Absaroka - Beartooth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, September 9, 2018
3. Absaroka - Beartooth Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 9, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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