This majestic beast will range in size from 500 to 700 pounds, making the Elk one of the largest members of the deer family. And here in Wyoming resides one of the largest populations in the World. In fact, the National Elk Refuge in Yellowstone National Park is home to some 30,000 of these magnificent animals, the largest herd in the world.
He a was a four—legged champion at the age of 3, and would eventually retire at a ranch in Douglas, Wyoming. Sir Barton was world famous back in 1919, the fastest high stakes racehorse on the planet. He won horseracing's Triple Crown that year, the first ever to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont in the same season.
Thunder Basin National Grassland is a mixture of private ranches, and property belonging to the National Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the State of Wyoming. It's a very big mixture. This massive plot of land was set aside by the Federal Government back in the days of the New Deal, and covers nearly 2 million acres.
Wyoming is famous for its spectacular mountain passes. There are so many all over the Cowboy State, but none are more breathtaking and truly spectacular than Togwotee Pass. It's a natural opening right between the Shoshone and Teton National Forests, in northwestern Wyoming. Togwotee Pass hooks up Moran Junction and Dubois, at an elevation of almost 10-thousand feet.
They were called the Shining Mountains by early explorers and trappers, because of their snowcapped peaks. But it was the native Indians in the area that gave them their name. They called the mountains "ah-sah-tah", which is actually the name given to the animal that was most abundant and native to the land. Bighorn sheep called the mountains home, and the Indians called the majestic mountains the Big Horn Mountains.
It is said to be the largest structure of logs and boulders in the world. Old Faithful Inn, located in Yellowstone National Park near the famous geyser of the same name, is a landmark building that attracts visitors from around the world.
Tom Horn is one of those real-life legendary Wonders of early Wyoming. He came to Wyoming in the 1890's, which was a turbulent time in the state's history. It was truly the Wild West in those days, when Wyoming achieved Statehood. And in those years immediately following, Wyoming was beset with range wars and outlaws. Tom Horn was very much involved with both.
This is one of the most interesting "rock collections" in the world, and certainly one of the oldest piles of granite boulders anywhere. The ancient rock at Vedauwoo dates back a million years, formed by the eons of water and constant weather. And it's here, at the northern finger of the Rocky Mountains, in Albany County, Wyoming, where the rocks form the majestic mountaintop scene that is Vedauwoo.
The Indians called the buttes "wagamu paha", meaning gourd hills. The Sioux used the site for tribal ceremonies, and put Pumpkin Buttes to good use as a perfect lookout during battles with settlers along the Bozeman Trail. There are hundreds of tipi rings on and around the buttes that prove that Native Americans lived and worshipped here for centuries.
This amazing little pre-historic Wonder just might be the most-viewed of all Wonders of Wyoming. Tree Rock is located on Interstate 80, and I mean in the median, smack-dab in the middle of the Interstate. It lies on a stretch of I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie, in southeast Wyoming. Imagine the number of travelers that pass by Tree Rock each day. There's a very unusual median turnout that allows for motorists to stop and take pictures or just marvel at the tree that grows out of a boulder of pre-historic rock.
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