Wyoming State Parks creates monumental interactive map

WYOMING — Ever drive by those historic markers along Wyoming highways and wonder what they mean?

Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources announced today a new and searchable Monuments and Markers Interactive Map that can identify those markers and teach the history behind each.

The GIS-based database contains a profile for each of the 1,000+ monuments and markers, including the name, longitude/latitude and a description of the significance to Wyoming’s history or prehistory.

In addition, approximately half of the markers also contain a photograph of the monument or marker. This program will greatly aid the public searching for information on geological features, historical events, and people who have shaped Wyoming’s rich history, be it for educational, tourism or other purposes.

Wyoming’s Monuments and Markers Program operates through a partnership between State Parks and Cultural Resources, Wyoming Department of Transportation, the Wyoming Office of Tourism, local governments, Tribes, and private individuals and organizations.

The program is one of the oldest programs in the nation.

At a time when few thought to mark history, interested and concerned residents of Wyoming realized the need to commemorate the past and began placing monuments and markers that served to preserve a piece of the state’s heritage.

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