Near Moran in Teton County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Leading the Way
The Tukudiaka were a branch of the Shoshone people known as "Sheep Eaters" for their reliance on the bighorn sheep of the high mountains. They were skilled mountain dwellers, and remained in the mountains after the introduction of the horse.
Among the Tukudika lived a particular man, Togwotee, whose name is said to mean "lance thrower" in the Shoshone language. He was known as an expert marksman and a powerful shaman. Though he spent his youth among the mountains, he later joined the Plains Shoshone on the Wind River Reservation.
An Important Link
In 1873, Togwotee led a mapping expedition under the command of Captain William A. Jones of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, through the pass. The expedition was part of a larger military defense survey.
Jones was impressed with the pass, and with the striking view of the Teton Range. In his report from the expedition, he predicted that the pass would become an important link for commerce between the Atlantic states and the American West.
Erected by Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Location. 43° 45.24′ N, 110° 4.11′ W. Marker is near Moran, Wyoming, in Teton County. Marker is on U. S. Forest Service 30010 (U.S. 287), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moran WY 83013, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Divide (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tie Hack Memorial (approx. 10.3 miles away); Dick Turpin (approx. 12.3 miles away).
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