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Near Jeffrey City in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Wild Horses

A Western Legacy

 
 
Wild Horses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
1. Wild Horses Marker
Inscription. Wild horses, managed by the Bureau of Land Management, live around Green Mountain which is located on the opposite side of the highway. You many see bands of wild horses roaming public land on the south side of the road.
Wild horses are distant cousins of mustangs brought here by Spanish explores. Over the years, some of the Spanish mustangs escaped and formed herds of wild horses that roamed the old west.
As Native Americans learned how to capture and use wild horses, their way of life changed dramatically. Horses came to symbolize both increased mobility and wealth to the plains (sic) Indian.
Horses also played an important role in westward expansion. Emigrants, cowboys, the military and freighters, to name a few, depended on horses for transportation. This made wild horses attractive to the Army and others as remounts.
Today's wild horses are mainly descendants of ranch horses which escaped or were turned loose onto the public lands over the years.
Horses have no natural predators. So, it is necessary to manage herd levels so that wildlife, livestock, wild horses, and the rangelands they depend on are not hurt by overpopulation. BLM conducts periodic round-ups to control the number of animals on the public rangelands.
Wild horses are available to the American public through BLM's Adopt-a-Horse program.
Wild Horses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 29, 2016
2. Wild Horses Marker
Split Mountain in the background.
For more information, contact any BLM office.
 
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
 
Location. 42° 27.223′ N, 107° 32.763′ W. Marker is near Jeffrey City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker can be reached from Wyoming 789 (U.S. 287) near Wyoming Highway 220, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2656 Wyoming 789, Jeffrey City WY 82310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trails to Opportunity (here, next to this marker); Split Rock (here, next to this marker); Split Rock Meadows (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Split Rock (within shouting distance of this marker); Pony Express (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Split Rock (approx. 3.2 miles away); Muddy Gap (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the BLM Split Mountain Historic Site.
 
Categories. Animals
 
Wild Horses in Wyoming image. Click for full size.
By Wyoming Public Media.org, April 24, 2014
3. Wild Horses in Wyoming
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 13, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 125 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 13, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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