Sheridan in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The abundance of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep led the Indians to name this mountain range after these majestic animals. The Big Horn Mountains are a wildlife viewing paradise. Several native Indian tribes competed with each other and later with settlers for access to the mountains and surrounding river basins. Eventually settlers took possession of the land. Due to excessive hunting and introduced diseases, the once abundant bighorn sheep were almost eliminated from this area by the turn of the century. Today, bighorn sheep are being reintroduced to the Big Horn Mountains.
At high elevations, mountain meadows are interspersed with timber stands which provide food and summer habitat for elk and mule deer. Willow stands provide forage for moose. The forests house black bears, snowshoe hares, marmots, chipmunks and blue grouse.
At lower elevations, white-tailed deer, mountain lions, sharp-tailed grouse, wild turkeys, black-billed magpies and over 300 other kinds of wildlife inhabit the foothills and riparian areas. Notice the diverse habitat types which make this area so productive for wildlife. The riparian zones bordered by stands of cottonwood trees and cropland provide excellent feeding areas. The steep foothills of the Big Horns furnish crucial winter range for big game.
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Erected by State of Wyoming.
Location. 44° 48.358′ N, 106° 56.091′ W. Marker is in Sheridan, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from E 5th Street (County Route 336), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Sheridan Travel & Tourism Rest Area. Marker is in this post office area: Sheridan WY 82801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Place of Shelter (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sheridan Railway Company (approx. ¼ mile away); The Black Diamond Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Black Diamonds of Sheridan County (approx. 0.3 miles away); Class 0-5-A Mohawk Locomotive (approx. 0.9 miles away); Historic Sheridan Inn (approx. 0.9 miles away); First Cabin in Sheridan (approx. 1.2 miles away); General George Crook (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sheridan.
Categories. • Animals • Native Americans • Natural Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 193 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.