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Near Thayne in Lincoln County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Agriculture under the Stars

 
 
Agriculture under the Stars Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
1. Agriculture under the Stars Marker
Inscription.  Look up a night and you can see why this is called Star Valley. As early as the 1870's, the Mormon Church was placing cattle here to summer graze on the lush meadows. Later, Mormon pioneers dotted the valley with small farms consisting of dairy cows, beef cattle, sheep and hogs supported by hay and small grain production. As dairies became more productive, Star Valley producers needed a market. Butter, and later cheese, was shipped all over the country, There have been as least 20 creameries and 5 cheese plants in Star Valley.
The extreme environmental conditions and remote location made Star Valley a favorite haven for individuals who had no interest in running into lawmen. The first settlers who stayed the winters fit into this group. After they experienced several of these winters, the settler realized winter hay storage would be an important part of agriculture in Star Valley.
In the 1940's , the Wyoming Game and Fish began to feed elk, giving producers a market for their hay. Ranch and farmland provides open space and needed habitat for many wildlife species. Star Valley boasts some of the country's greatest fisheries and
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waterfowl areas.
Star Valley is surrounded by three national forests that support thousands of sheep and cattle on summer range. Today, the valley is a mix of agriculture, recreational properties, and homes. The open space agriculture provides is one of the reasons so many people choose to live in Star Valley.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture.
 
Location. 42° 53.202′ N, 110° 59.544′ W. Marker is near Thayne, Wyoming, in Lincoln County. Marker is on U.S. 89 near Salt River Ranch Lane, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 98633 US Highway 89, Thayne WY 83127, 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. Wyoming's Wildlife (a few steps from this marker); First Post Office (approx. 2˝ miles away); Pioneer Historic Byway (approx. 8.7 miles away in Idaho); The Baker Cabin (approx. 9.9 miles away); Star Valley (approx. 11˝ miles away); Mormons in Star Valley (approx. 11.6 miles away); Afton Wyoming (approx. 11.6 miles away); Tincup Creek (approx. 11.6 miles away in Idaho). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thayne.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Star Valley Rest Area.
 
Agriculture under the Stars Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
2. Agriculture under the Stars Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 91 times this year. Last updated on November 13, 2015, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 13, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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