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Names Hill.  (Wyomingtailsandtrails.com)
Names Hill. (Wyomingtailsandtrails.com)
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Names Hill

There are 3 famous landmarks along the Wyoming stretch of the Oregon Trail where emigrants paused to record their very existence. It was here where these hearty souls stopped and rested, and scratched their names onto stone walls. Heading west on "The Road", as it was nicknamed back then in the mid-1800's, the Oregon Trail would first come upon Register Cliff, in Platte County, then Independence Rock in Natrona County, and finally, Names Hill, in Lincoln County.

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Buffalo Bill Cody.  (Library of Congress)
Buffalo Bill Cody. (Library of Congress)
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Buffalo Bill Cody

William F. Cody picked-up what would become a world-famous name in the late 1860's, when at the age of 20, he took on legendary status as "Buffalo Bill Cody". As a buffalo hunter and scout, it was told that Cody had killed some 4,280 bison. And that was just one of many legends that Buffalo Bill Cody would build in Wyoming, during the Territory Days and well into the early Statehood years.

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Devil's Gate.  (Wikipedia/Ryan Reeder)
Devil's Gate. (Wikipedia/Ryan Reeder)
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Devil’s Gate

It's one of those unique landmarks along the old Oregon Trail. Devil's Gate was visible for miles, a giant gash right through the middle of the Rattlesnake Mountains, just seven miles southwest of Independence Rock. The best view is from the east, the same angle those courageous emigrants had almost two centuries ago. Wagon Trains couldn't move through the gorge at Devil's Gate, but the base near the Trail served as a handy campsite, where there are more than 20 gravesites visible today.

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The Historic Governor's Mansion.  (Flickr/Matt Howry)
The Historic Governor's Mansion. (Flickr/Matt Howry)
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The Historic Governor’s Mansion

Construction began in 1904, and one year later it became the new home of the Governor of the Great State of Wyoming. Governor Bryant B. Brooks was the first Wyoming Governor to take residence in what is now known as The Historic Governor's Mansion. Governor Brooks, First-Lady Mary Naomi Brooks, five children and one pony, had taken-up residence in the brand-new Governor's Mansion.

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Point of Rocks.  (Library of Congress)
Point of Rocks. (Library of Congress)
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Point of Rocks

Its name is taken from the nearby sandstone ridge that juts over Bitter Creek. Point of Rocks is located 25 miles east of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and it was a focal "point" for the delivery of mail, miners, and the railroad. And today, Point of Rocks is the point of a seven-mile spur of railroad that heads north to the Jim Bridger Power Plant.

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Governor Nellie Tayloe Ross

Nellie Tayloe Ross, Wyoming's first lady, wife of Governor William Bradford Ross, would become Governor herself. And when she did, in 1925, Nellie Tayloe Ross, Governor of Wyoming, became the first female Governor in America. It was really under tragic circumstances that Mrs. Ross ultimately assumed the State's highest office. Governor William Bradford Ross would die in office, in October of 1924. And it was the First Lady, Nellie Tayloe Ross, who would be the Democratic Party replacement, would win the election, and be inaugurated Governor of Wyoming on January 5, 1925.

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The sign for the Crowheart Butte.  (Wikipedia)
The sign for the Crowheart Butte. (Wikipedia)
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Crowheart Butte

This fabled butte is quite real, and rises up out of the landscape in the Wind River Valley, just northeast of Crowheart, Wyoming. It can be seen for miles, taking on the look of a pyramid, with a shaved-off top. This landmark on the Wind River Indian Reservation is most-unique, and comes by its name from the historic battle that was fought on its small mesa.

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Part of the World's Largest Mineral Hot Springs.  (Wikipedia/Iidar Sagdejev)
Part of the World's Largest Mineral Hot Springs. (Wikipedia/Iidar Sagdejev)
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The World’s Largest Mineral Hot Springs

This natural Wonder lies within Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, Wyoming. The liquid that forms the World's Largest Mineral Hot Springs begins its journey in the Owl Creek Mountains, eventually making its way underground. It's there where the heating element does its work, a volcanic action that brings the average temperature of the Springs to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. The mineral component of the Springs comes with the absorption of chemicals from rocks, and gasses associated with the volatile interior of the earth.

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The Lincoln Monument.  (Flickr/Jimmywayne)
The Lincoln Monument. (Flickr/Jimmywayne)
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The Lincoln Monument

The Lincoln Monument is one of those spectacular man-made Wonders of Wyoming, that grabs your attention each and every time you see it. You can't miss this impressive bronze masterpiece as you make your way through the summit at Sherman Hill on Interstate 80. Maybe your first glimpse of Lincoln Monument was when you came around the bend at the western end of Happy Jack Road. Whichever angle you choose, the sight is truly impressive.

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