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Shell in Big Horn County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Lifeblood of the West

 
 
Lifeblood of the West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
1. Lifeblood of the West Marker
Inscription.
Water is a scarce commodity in the arid west. Wherever streams and rivers flow, you will find the pathways of early exploration and travel, the magnets of human settlement. Shell Creek is no exception.

Archaeologists discovered evidence that prehistoric cultures hunted and camped in this region 10,000 years ago. Peoples of the Shoshone, Sioux, Crow and Cheyenne tribes all lived here at one time, drawn by the rich bounty of plants and wildlife in Shell Canyon.

Water Makes a Difference
Today, area residents still depend on mountain water for sustenance and livelihood. Water has always been the lifeblood of this region. Learn more about the history of this area along the Shell Falls National Recreation Trail.
 
Erected by Bighorn National Forest.
 
Location. 44° 35.203′ N, 107° 36.898′ W. Marker is in Shell, Wyoming, in Big Horn County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 14, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Shell Falls Interpretive Site in Bighorn National Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Shell WY 82441, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carving a Course (here, next to this marker);
Marker in Bighorn National Forest image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
2. Marker in Bighorn National Forest
There are several markers at this location. The Lifeblood of the West marker is seen here in the center.
Oasis in the Desert (here, next to this marker); Hummingbirds (here, next to this marker); A 4,000 Mile Journey (a few steps from this marker); Forming Waterfalls (a few steps from this marker); Shaping a Canyon (a few steps from this marker); Moving Mountains (within shouting distance of this marker); Wildfire! (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shell.
 
More about this marker. A photograph of an irrigated farm appears at the lower left of the marker. Next to this is a picture of early settlers with a wagon in the water. It has a caption of “Water was as valuable as gold in the early days.” At the top right of the marker is a picture of Indians on horseback, with a caption of “Water drew early inhabitants to the area.”
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Lifeblood of the West Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2015
3. Lifeblood of the West Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 189 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 4, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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