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Near Ten Sleep in Washakie County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Tensleep Canyon

 
 
Tensleep Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 4, 2016
1. Tensleep Canyon Marker
Inscription. Ages ago, these mountains were deep within the Earth’s crust, and the area that is known today as the Bighorn Mountains was a basic. Beginning about 75 million years ago the land began to slowly rise above the sea bed reaching an elevation of nearly 20,000 feet. Since that time, the eroding forces of wind, water, and ice having removed thousands of feet of rock resulting in what you see today.
The cliffs of Tensleep Canyon are composed predominantly of massive layers of limestone. This limestone layer underlies the towns of Tensleep and Worland and serves as their major source of water. The water is removed from the layer by deep wells.
Glaciers carved out the valley of Tensleep Canyon within the last 250,000 years. Evidence of these ancient glaciers can be seen, in the U-shape of the valley bottom, and the piles of boulders, or glacial moraine, left along West Tensleep Creek. The “West Moraine” stretches for 10 miles, making it the longest moraine in the Big Horn Mountains. Weathering forces and the flow of the creek continue to wear away the rock in Tensleep Canyon. In the winter, ice flows can be seen on the canyon walls.
 
Erected by Bighorn National Forest.
 
Location. 44° 5.428′ N, 107° 17.846′ 
Tensleep Canyon and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 4, 2016
2. Tensleep Canyon and Marker
W. Marker is near Ten Sleep, Wyoming, in Washakie County. Marker is on U.S. 16 at milepost 36, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ten Sleep WY 82442, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leigh Creek Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Bighorn National Forest (approx. ¾ mile away); Company 841 (approx. 6.9 miles away); Ten Sleep Memorial (approx. 8.3 miles away); Site of South Wagon (approx. 10.4 miles away); Spring Creek Raid (approx. 10.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the same turnout as the Leigh Creek Monument marker.
 
Categories. Paleontology
 
Tensleep Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 4, 2016
3. Tensleep Canyon
Tensleep Canyon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 4, 2016
4. Tensleep Canyon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 203 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 17, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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