Thermopolis in Hot Springs County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The “Tepee Fountain” was built in 1909 to vent steam from hot mineral water that was piped throughout the park. As water flows over the structure, it cools and deposits layer upon layer of travertine. This process is similar to the formation of terraces seen throughout the park.
The different colors seen on the fountain are various types of algae that grow in the hot mineral water.
The earliest photo of the “Tepee Fountain” shows water flowing out of a vertical vent pipe over a pyramid of rocks. Other historical photos show the buildup of mineral deposits over time.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Man-Made Features.
Location. 43° 39.119′ N, 108° 12.002′ W. Marker is in Thermopolis, Wyoming, in Hot Springs County. Marker is at the intersection of West Pioneer Street and Tepee Street, on the left when traveling north on West Pioneer Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Thermopolis WY 82443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distanceBah Guewana (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Walter Manly Haynes (about 500 feet away); The Plaza Hotel (about 500 feet away); Some Like It Hot! (approx. ¼ mile away); Ancient Red Rocks (approx. ¼ mile away); 1916 Swinging Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Geology of Hot Springs (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hot Springs State Park (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Thermopolis.
More about this marker. This marker is located in Hot Springs State Park near Thermopiles, Wyoming.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 12, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 412 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 12, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.