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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. The brothers garnered credit for connecting the nation by rail upon completion of the United States' First Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Oakes, a U.S. representative to the United States Congress from Massachusetts, asserted near total control of its construction, whereas Oliver became president of the Union Pacific Railroad (1866 - 1871). In 1873 investigators implicated Oakes in fraud associated with financing of the railroad. Congress subsequently censured Oakes, who resigned in 1873. He died soon thereafter.

The Ames Monument marked the highest point on the transcontinental railroad at 8,247 feet (2,514 m) However, Union Pacific Railroad Company twice relocated the tracks further south, causing the town of Sherman that arose near the monument to become a ghost town.
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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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