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

Road through a Pass

 
 
Road through a Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 10, 2021
1. Road through a Pass Marker
Caption: Logging truck on Union Pass road.
Inscription.  A road, component of a cultural environment, is the most noticeable feature of this otherwise natural landscape. In present form it is not old, not a pioneer route hacked by frontiersmen. Based and graded to support rapid haulage o ponderous loads of logs, this road was built by specialists operating specialized machines. This is a product of 20th century technological culture.
A road of a sort is an ancient and, originally, a natural feature at Union Pass. Wild animals, some--camels, indigenous horses, mammoths -- now extinct, found this passageway and, following easiest grades during seasonal migrations, trod out -- wide in places as a road -- a trail. Perhaps 10,000 years ago progenitors of Nimrod trailed these animals around the edges of a receding glacier and on through Union Pass--leaving along that route its first traces of human culture. Around 1700 A.D. Shoshones, descendants or replacements of the earliest hunter, acquired the horse and, among other impacts made by them on the natural environment, the dragging ends of their travois poles widened and deepened this road.
Chronological stages in the Union Pass cultural environment
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 10, 2021
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have been: aboriginal, fur trade, explorations and geological surveys, outfitting (recreational industry) and ranching, and management of natural resources-- including forestry Forestry, defined as "cultivating, maintaining, and developing forests", implying harvesting, came last owing to local patterns of development. Although Wyoming was a bellwether in Theodore Roosevelt's early conservation movement, pressing local concern regarding new national forests on livestock grazing and wildlife and watershed protection--forestry waited. Substantial timber harvesting, a tie hack era, only began after 1900; up grading a Union Pass wagon road to high speed hauling standards was a midcentury project.
 
Erected by National Forest Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles.
 
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); Wind River Range (here, next to this marker); The Ramshorn
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(here, next to this marker); Flora at Union Pass (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 70 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Aug. 11, 2022