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

Wind River Range

 
 
Wind River Range Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 10, 2021
1. Wind River Range Marker
Caption: Dinwoody drainage, Wind Rivers-Wyoming Travel Commission.
Inscription.  Postulating the traverse of the Continental Divide the eye climbs to Union Peck, some four airline miles but nearer six by that tortuous route. At ll,491 feet Union Peak is a nondescript rise that draws attention only because it is the final timberline-topping elevation on the northwestern end of the Wind River Range. Appearing slightly behind and more to the right, but actually seven miles further along the traverse of the divide, is Three Waters Mountain. That is as far into the Wind Rivers as can be seen from Union Pass. However, if vision could continue to follow the southeasterly bearing of the divide, the viewer might estimate 20 and 30 miles to where nearer 13,804 foot Gannett Peak and farther 13,745 foot Fremont Peak marker the scope of the heart of that range.
The Wind River Range is the highest mountain map in Wyoming. Basically it is a broad uplift which originated about 60 million years ago during a period of "mountain building" called the Laramide Orogeny. The core of the range reveals Precambrian crystalline rocks, and Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rocks are upturned on the flanks. The Wind River Range, although south
Wind River Range Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 10, 2021
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of continental ice caps, was extensively glaciated during the Pleistocene epoch and such sizable lakes and Newfork, Boulder, Fremont, Bull Green River and Dinwoody, filling canyons and valley along its widespread flanks. are dammed behind moraine. Existent glaciers in the highest parts of the Wind Rivers are small by comparison, yet they are often cited as the largest ice fields within the contiguous states of Union.
Boulders strewing Union Pass environs are suffice evidence that this northern margin os the range was subdued by spreading glaciers which have left a blanket of till and moraine material.
 
Erected by National Forest Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
 
Location. 43° 28.857′ N, 109° 52.498′ W. Marker is near Dubois, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from Union Pass Road (Forest Road 600) near Forest Road 534, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dubois WY 82513, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Pass (here, next to this marker); Three Waters Mountain (here, next to this marker); Road through a Pass (here, next to this marker); The Ramshorn (here, next to this marker); Flora at Union Pass
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(here, next to this marker); Resources (here, next to this marker); The Rendezvous (here, next to this marker); Cultural Heritage (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dubois.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Aug. 17, 2022