Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Beaver Rim and the Wind River Range
During the geologic event known as the Laramide Orogeny, the Wind River Mountains were pushed upward 60,000 feet. After 10 million years of erosion, the Precambrian granite peaks, the oldest rocks in the world, were left jutting into the sky, as seen today. Beaver Rim was formed by marine deposits left from shallow, ancient inland seas. The white cliffs reflect the last 65 million years of Wyoming's geologic history.
Native Americans traveled this path for over 10,000 years. Mountain men explored the Wind Rivers for beaver pelts since the early 1800s. Gold miners and pioneers sought their fortune here since the mid-1800s. The Oregon-Mormon-Gold Rush Trail passes within 10 miles to the east of Beaver Rim.
Fremont County is home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 2000.
Location. 42° 35.118′ N, 108° 17.426′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 287 12 miles east of Wyoming Highway 28. Marker is located at scenic pullout on north side of US 287. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (here, next to this marker); Sweetwater Station (approx. 5.9 miles away); Sweetwater Willows (approx. 5.9 miles away); Oregon Trail (approx. 5.9 miles away); The Sweetwater Valley (approx. 5.9 miles away); Sixth Crossing (approx. 6.1 miles away); Women of Sixth Crossing (approx. 6.3 miles away); Willie Rescue Site (approx. 10 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lander.
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