Wapiti in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Protection Proves Proﬁtable
This valley has sustained life for thousands of years. Early Native Americans were drawn here to hunt buffalo, elk, deer, moose, sheep and bear. It has always been considered a unique place.
The establishment of the nationís first park and timber reserve in the late 1800ís spurred angry protests among local settlers. They were outraged that vast tracts of land were no longer available for personal gain.
Soon residents realized the profits to be made from tourism. A new road through the valley brought more people into the region. While in many other parts of the west resources were being spent for profit, these protected resources would prove profitable for local citizens.
Lodges along the byway date back to this early era in our nationís history. The highway, Buffalo Bill Days and the town of Cody were born from this visionary planning over a century ago. Relish this country, its legends and heroes where a window of the “wild west” remains for future generations.
Location. 44° 27.632′ N, 109° 31.562′ W. Marker is in Wapiti, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on U.S. 20, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at the eastern entrance of Shoshone National Forest. Marker is in this post office area: Wapiti WY 82450, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Is This Forest Healthy? (here, next to this marker); Shoshone National Forest (here, next to this marker); A Burning Need (a few steps from this marker); Absaroka Volcanic Field (approx. 3.2 miles away).
Categories. • Environment • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
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 159 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.