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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.
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Pretty amazing to see this delightful monument (to the prime movers behind the Northern Pacific rail route) stuck in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming. Well worth a 15 minute detour from the...
Pretty amazing to see this delightful monument (to the prime movers behind the Northern Pacific rail route) stuck in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming. Well worth a 15 minute detour from the... more »
You see it from a distance and say 'what on earth is that'. When you pull up you get to learn a good deal about the history of the transcontinental railroad and the Ames brothers who helped make it..... more
You see it from a distance and say 'what on earth is that'. When you pull up you get to learn a good deal about the history of the transcontinental railroad and the Ames brothers who helped make it..... more »
A very cool monument to the Ames brothers who were important to the establishment of the first transcontinental railway. The pyramid is much larger than pictures show with the first granite course being over 6 feet tall. You'll take a decomposed granite and dirt road to get to the monument and it tends to be windy there. There are stone faces on both sides of the monument so be sure to walk completely around it. There is plenty of parking near the monument also. The monument itself is not easily accessible for mobility impaired people though you can see the site plaques and information from relatively level ground. The land surrounding the monument site is beautiful high prairie and is worth a visit on its own. You'll spend about 10-20 minutes here and it is an easy stop between Cheyenne and Laramie, WY, just a few miles off if I-80.
I’ve lived in Wyoming for a few years but I never knew this place existed it’s kinda off the road a bit but it’s well worth at least driving by it and the history behind the monument is incredibly interesting if you have time and your a history buff (or not) I’d say definitely stop and take some pictures
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