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Ames Monument, Buford

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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).
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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  • 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 »
  • If you are heading to Vedauwoo, take the time to check it out. It is located at the highest point of the railroad that the Amea Brothers built. Ita not near anything else but an a sunny day you...  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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