Landmarks of SE Wyoming Pt1

9 Dec

Ames Monument, A pyramid on the Prairie

Ames Monument stands 60ft high on the prairie south of 1-80 36 miles west of Cheyenne. According to Wyomingtourism.com it was built to commemorate the Ames brothers, who were instrumental in the construction of the transcontinental railroad. It was completed in 1882 at a cost of $65,000, and stood on the highest point of the original route of the transcontinental railroad.

Design

Acorrding to the plaque, it was designed by  Henry Hobson Richardson (1838 – 1896) and constructed of local stone. Each of the brothers has a bas-relief medallion affixed to the monument, one facing east and the other west. The medallions were done by the American sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.

Vandalism

Unfortunately the monument has seen some damage from vandals, with both of the nose on the medallions being shot off.  However it is largely unknown and very resilent because of its construction.

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