“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Dubois in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

The Ramshorn

The Ramshorn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, May 9, 2021
1. The Ramshorn Marker
Inscription.  Jutting like the topsail of a ship from beyond the apparent horizon. a tip of the Ramshorn is seen. It serves to remind the viewer of the Absarokas, a cragged mountain range broader and longer than the Wind Rivers but slightly less elevated. These mountains take their name from Indians identified as Crows or Ravens in the Journals of Lewis and Clark. Fur traders adopting that appellation passed it along to subsequent generations excepting only Absarokas themselves who, echoing forefathers, Anglicize their name to Bird People.
Tip rather than peak is used advisedly; there are peaks in the Absarokas but they are not a dominant feature of that range. Originating in a typical anticlinal fold, the Absarokas have been capped by lava strata measuring to thousands of feet, a geological evolvement known as a volcanic pile. Accordingly, their summits tend to be flat although simultaneous erosion throughout periods of flowing lave prohibited the forming the forming of an all encompassing tableland. Continued erosion has resulted in a range marked by deep canyons, precipitous ridges, notched passes and escarpment delimited plateaus. Summits rising
Paid Advertisement
Click on the ad for more information.
Please report objectionable advertising to the Editor.
Click or scan to see
this page online
above a plateau's general elevation are composed of harder materials and sometimes indicate proximity of a former lava fissure. The Ramshorn is one such plateau but its name derives from its escarpment -- 3,000 feet of cliffs and talus slopes, curving for miles around its southwestern flank like the horn of a mountain ram.
It is appropriate that this mountain be named Ramshorn. The Absarokas offer habitat to a variety and an abundance of wildlife but escarpments and plateaus, producing grass and browse swept free of snow by winter gales, make ideal mountain sheep ranges. Trails established by sheep-eating Shoshone, now followed by other wilderness enthusiasts, attest to mankind's fascination with the wild sheep of the Absarokas.
Erected by U.S. 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); Wind River Range
The Ramshorn Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 10, 2021
2. The Ramshorn Marker
(here, next to this marker); Road through a Pass (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 168 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 27, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

Share this page.  
Share on Tumblr

CeraNet Cloud Computing sponsors the Historical Marker Database.
This website earns income from purchases you make after using our links to We appreciate your support.
Paid Advertisement
Apr. 12, 2024