The Ames Monument is a large pyramid in Albany County, Wyoming, designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and dedicated to brothers Oakes Ames and Oliver Ames, Jr., Union Pacific Railroad financiers. It marked the highest point on the First Transcontinental Railroad, at 8,247 feet (2,514 m).Plan your Ames Monument visit and explore what else you can see and do in Buford using our Buford itinerary tool.
The town of Sherman rose up around it, but then Union Pacific moved its tracks to the south, leaving Sherman to become a ghost town.
Oliver served as president of the Union Pacific Railroad from 1866 to 1871, while Oakes, a U.S. representative from Massachusetts, asserted near-total control of its construction. In 1873, investigators implicated Oakes in fraud associated with financing of the railroad. Congress subsequently censured Oakes, who resigned in 1873 and died soon thereafter.
Ames Monument reviews
Very interesting piece of local history, it is only about a mile off the interstate and there are a few plaques to read. It is a good spot for photos. If you are driving and want to make a quick stop.... more »
Can't add much to previous entries. A monument on an exposed plain with views for miles in any direction, consequently there is a persistent cold wind. Only worth spending a few minutes there as... more »
My husband and I drove out to the monument on our way from Laramie to Lexington, NE. It's actually not that far from the highway, but when you first get on the dirt road that takes you there, a thought creeps into your mind, "Is this really worth it?!" In my opinion, yes. This is a curious piece of history that seems to be largely forgotten. I had read a bit about the Ames brothers before we went, but after visiting the monument, I am eager to learn more. It is also cool that there is a random pyramid in the middle of a sparsely populated section of Wyoming.
Not the most exciting attraction. Makes you wonder if this was an afterthought to the Lincoln one down the road or vice versa. Would be far more interesting if there was an accompanying museum, but they probably blew the budget on the rock!
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