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Kaycee in Johnson County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Ranching on the Powder River

 
 
Ranching on the Powder River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
1. Ranching on the Powder River Marker
Inscription. From the top of the Big Horn Mountains on the west to the Pumpkin Buttes on the east, this area evolved with grazing animals, from bison and other wildlife hunted by nomadic Indians, to the vast herds of cattle brought in by foreign investors in the late 1800's. Foreign investors and their free grazing of the range ended as the homesteaders arrived. Lured by the American dream of owning land these homesteaders started new lives, learning to live in harmony with the land, becoming the original environmentalists. The Johnson County Cattle War in 1889 (sic) was the culmination of the clash between the homesteaders and the free grazing cattle baron.
With irrigation and range management these new citizens of the Powder River country made the valley bloom. Irrigation, stock water development, and predator management enabled the ranchers of this region to have sustainable cattle and sheep operations, resulting in a dramatic increase in the diversity and numbers of wildlife in this once treeless environment. This additional water and forage created many recreation and natural resource opportunities.
This is a major sheep and cattle producing area with many hard working and independent families continuing to make a sustainable living by providing good stewardship of the land. This sustainable life style protects our open spaces.
Ranching on the Powder River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
2. Ranching on the Powder River Marker
This marker is second from the right.

 
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
 
Location. 43° 43.091′ N, 106° 38.535′ W. Marker is in Kaycee, Wyoming, in Johnson County. Marker can be reached from Mayoworth Road (State Highway 191) near Interstate 25. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Mayoworth Road, Kaycee WY 82639, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dull Knife Battle (here, next to this marker); Powder River Country (a few steps from this marker); Chris Lee LeDoux (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nate Champion and Nick Rae (approx. 0.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Kaycee Rest Area west of Interstate 25 exit 254.
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 122 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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