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Near Harlowton in Wheatland County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Crazy Mountains

 
 
The Crazy Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 17, 2021
1. The Crazy Mountains Marker
Inscription.  Called Awaxaawippiia by the Apsaalooka (Crow) Indians, the Crazy Mountains, which you can see to the southwest, are an igneous formation forged about 50 million years ago. For the Apsaalooka, they are the most sacred and revered mountains on the northern Great Plains. Awaxaawippiia was a place of refuge and protection. The Apsaalooka's enemies would not follow them into the mountains. Because of their great spiritual power, Awaxaawippiia continues to be an important vision quest site for the tribe. Famed Chief Plenty Coups had a vision there in 1857 in which, he said, the end of the plains Indian way-of-life was shown to him.
There are several stories about how the mountains got their current name. The most popular story goes that a woman traveling across the plains with a wagon train went insane. She escaped from the party and was found near these mountains. So they were called the Crazy Woman Mountains, a name which was eventually shortened.
This district was great cow country in the days of the open range, and there are still a number of large cattle ranches in this vicinity, though now under fence. The town of Two Dot gets its
The Crazy Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 17, 2021
2. The Crazy Mountains Marker
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name from an early day brand.
 
Erected by Montand Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionNatural Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
 
Location. 46° 26.772′ N, 109° 56.313′ W. Marker is near Harlowton, Montana, in Wheatland County. Marker is on U.S. 12 near Mexican John Road/ Muskrat Trail, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9437 US Highway 12, Harlowton MT 59036, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Paleocene Mammals and Albert Silberling (here, next to this marker); E57B The Last Electric Locomotive (approx. 5 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 26, 2021, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Feb. 2, 2023