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Near Greycliff in Sweet Grass County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Crazy Mountains

 
 
The Crazy Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2009
1. The Crazy Mountains Marker
Inscription.  Called Awaxaawippiia by the Apsaalooka (Crow) Indians, the Crazy Mountains, which you can see to the northwest, 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 has 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. Perhaps the mountains were named, as others have claimed, because of their crazy appearance. The Crazy Mountains were an important landmark for Bozeman Trail emigrants in the Yellowstone Valley.
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This district was great cow and sheep country in the days of the open range, and there are still a number of large ranches in this vicinity, though now under fence.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksNative AmericansNatural FeaturesNotable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
 
Location. 45° 44.16′ N, 109° 45.417′ W. Marker is near Greycliff, Montana, in Sweet Grass County. Marker is on Interstate 90 at milepost 381,, 4 miles west of Bridger Creek Road and I-90 Interchange (Exit 384), on the right when traveling west. Located at the I-90 Westbound Rest Area near mile marker 381, next to the Captain Wm. Clark marker. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greycliff MT 59033, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Crazy Mountains (original title obscured) (a few steps from this marker); Captain Wm. Clark (a few steps from this marker); The Ca(title obscured) 1866 (within shouting distance of this marker); Montana's Jurassic Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bozeman Trail (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Montana's Jurassic Park (about 700 feet away); The Thomas Party
The Crazy Mountains Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2009
2. The Crazy Mountains Marker
(approx. 2.1 miles away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greycliff.
 
More about this marker. The marker is beginning to show some wear on the wood finish.
 
Also see . . .  Crazy Mountains - Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 22, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
The Crazy Mountains across the plains image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2009
3. The Crazy Mountains across the plains
The Crazy Mountains are located in the Gallatin National Forest, northwest of the town of Big Timber, MT.
The Crazy Mountains in the distance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rich Pfingsten, March 22, 2010
4. The Crazy Mountains in the distance
The Crazy Mountains are located northwest of Big Timber, MT and are part of the Gallatin National Forest Big Timber Ranger District.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 22, 2010, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,645 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 22, 2010, by Rich Pfingsten of Forest Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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