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Near Bridger in Carbon County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Pryor Mountains

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2020
1. The Pryor Mountains Marker
Inscription.  The Pryor Mountains to the east cover roughly 300,000 acres. Once entirely Crow Indian territory, now only the north end of the range is on the Crow Reservation. The south end is in the Custer National Forest. The range is bound on the east by Bighorn Reservoir and on the south by the Pryor Mountain National Wild Horse Range. The mountains came by their name indirectly for Pryor Creek, which Captain William Clark named for Lewis and Clark Expedition member Sergeant Nathaniel Pryor.
The Pryors hold many intriguing features, including ice caves, sinks, and caverns, and archeological finds, such as Clovis Points indicating human occupation as long ago as 10,000 years ago. In the south end of the range, remains of log and frame houses and barns attest to the homesteads staked after passage of the Forest Homestead Act in 1906. Most of the settlers come from this area. Though they cultivated some crops, for many homesteading was a pretense for mountain grazing on adjacent forest and reservation ranges. One forest ranger observed that some claimants had applied for places where it would be impossible to winter over, though to hear them talk "one
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2020
2. The Pryor Mountains Marker
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would think that Pryor Mountain contained the biggest part of the Banana Belt and that pineapples grew wild."
 
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
 
Location. 45° 20.28′ N, 108° 54.973′ W. Marker is near Bridger, Montana, in Carbon County. Marker is on U.S. 310 near Sand Creek Road, on the left when traveling south. The marker is located and the Bridger Rest Area, about 3 miles north of the town of Bridger. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bridger MT 59014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pryor Mountains and Raptor Country (a few steps from this marker); Methodist Episcopal Church and Parsonage (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Corey House (approx. 2.9 miles away); Jim Bridger, Mountain Man (approx. 3.2 miles away); a different marker also named Jim Bridger, Mountain Man (approx. 3.3 miles away); John Gibson House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Samuel and Jennie Greenblatt Residence (approx. 3.7 miles away); Northern Pacific Railroad Depot (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bridger.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 15, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 15, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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Mar. 9, 2021