Wagonhound Tipi Rings
The tipi was used for shelter and sleeping. Most daily activities occurred outside the structure. A hearth in the center of the tipi was used for heat and cooking in poor weather.
In prehorse times, tipis averaged approximately 12 feet in diameter and poles used in their construction were up to 15 feet long. Eight to 12 buffalo hides were needed for the construction of a tipi. The hides of buffalo killed during the summer were preferred because they were thinner and lighter in weight. A smudge fire was built inside a new tipi, and the smoke was allowed to permeate the leather. This process waterproofed the leather and aided in its preservation.
It has been estimated that there are over 1 million tipi rings in the western United States. As such, they are one of the most common archaeological features to be found in this part of the country. The features at this area have been preserved
Location. 41° 37.883′ N, 106° 17.152′ W. Marker is in Elk Mountain, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Interstate 80 and Elk Mountain Arlington Road. Touch for map. Marker is in the I80 rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Elk Mountain WY 82324, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wyoming Winds (within shouting distance of this marker); Wagonhound Rest Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Cherokee Trail (approx. one mile away); Old Rock Creek Stage Crossing (approx. 4.7 miles away); Overland Trail (approx. 7.4 miles away).
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