Indian Names for Land Features

Indian Names for Land Features (HM1N5A)

Location: Cody, WY 82414 Park County
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N 44° 30.828', W 109° 6.308'

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Looking west is the Shoshone Canyon, named for the Shoshoni Indians, who hunted in the region. However, most of the Big Horn Basin had been Crow territory until the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868. West of the canyon, the north and the south forks of the Shoshone (Stinking Water) Rivers meet. Indians called the North Fork the "Grass House River" and the South Fork the "Rock in the Valley River." South of the canyon, is Cedar or Spirit Mountain, called "Mountain of Spirits" by the Crow Indians. When the first white settlers arrived in the Cody area in the 1880s, there were Indian burials in trees on the slopes of this mountain. The large peak to the north of the canyon is Rattlesnake Mountain. The red butte along its northern slope is the site of the Arland and Corbett Indian trading post, the first in the area, built in 1880. The long blue mountain to the northwest was called "Blue Bead Mountain" on George Drouillard's 1809 map. Later, it was named Pat O'Hara Mountain for a well-known trapper, who came into the region in 1853. Looking directly north, standing alone, is Heart Mountain. The name was shortened from the Crow Indian phrase "Buffalo Heart Mountain." It is shown on early maps, drawn from information supplied in 1807 and 1809 by John Colter and George Drouillard. Looking to the extreme east are big badland hills, the McCullough Peaks, named for Scotsman Pete McCulloch, who trailed one of the first cattle herds into the Big Horn Basin for the Carter Ranch in 1879.
HM NumberHM1N5A
Placed ByRotchford L. Barker and Park County Historical Society
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Date Added Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12T E 650602 N 4930688
Decimal Degrees44.51380000, -109.10513333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 30.828', W 109° 6.308'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 30' 49.68" N, 109° 6' 18.48" W
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Area Code(s)307
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 244 W Yellowstone Ave, Cody WY 82414, US
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