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Near Imnaha in Wallowa County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

A Monumental Landscape

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

 
 
A Monumental Landscape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 10, 2010
1. A Monumental Landscape Marker
Inscription. Across Horse Creek from you is “Monument Ridge” named for its mysterious stone monuments that are visible with binoculars. It is not known exactly who made them or why. Perhaps they were built to mark grazing areas or piled up by a Basque sheepherder feeling small and lonely in this vast and rugged landscape.

”My father understood what it was to be ‘sheeped’ – to go insane from lonliness...He’d herded in the alpine...In his time, he’d endlessly carved family names and verses on trees and had built those curious sheperd monuments...‘stoneboys’...careful piles of stone, therapy sculpture to keep his hands and mind busy. There were Basque herder carvings and scribblings, many in verse, on water troughs, trees, tanks, rocks and fence posts all over the Western wildnerness...mostly sentimental home thoughts.”

Quote from “A Shepherd Watches, a Shepherd Sings”, by Louis Irigaray and Theodore Taylor
 
Erected by United States Forest Service.
 
Location. 45° 28.639′ N, 116° 44.932′ W. Marker is near Imnaha, Oregon, in Wallowa County. Marker is on Hat Point Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Hat Point Road begins in Imnaha; marker
Birds-eye View from Imnaha to Hat Point Lookout image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 10, 2010
2. Birds-eye View from Imnaha to Hat Point Lookout
Close-up of graphic on marker
is located at the Horse Creek Overlook interpretive site in Hells Canyon National Recreation Area approximately 11 miles from Imnaha. Marker is in this post office area: Imnaha OR 97842, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Horse Creek Overlook (here, next to this marker); The Nez Perce War of 1877 (approx. 7 miles away); The Imnaha Canyon ... shelter and sanctuary (approx. 9.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
Horse Creek Overlook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 10, 2010
3. Horse Creek Overlook Marker
Monument Ridge in background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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