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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 8247ft 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.Richardsonian designThe Ames Monument is located about 20mi east of Laramie, Wyoming on a wind-blown, treeless summit south of Interstate 80 at the Vedauwoo exit. The monument is a four-sided, random ashlar pyramid, 60ft square at the base and 60ft high, constructed of light-colored native granite. The pyramid features an interior passage, now sealed, alongside the perimeter of the structure's base.
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  • Ames monument sits alone in the former location of the town of Sherman. It marks the highest point on the transcontinental railroad's original path across the continent. The pyramid was built to honor...  more »
  • This was definitely worth a 15min stop while traveling I80 through Wyoming. An odd monument and location. We also enjoyed Tree in the Rock a few miles west in the median of the interstate. 
  • Nice stop along I-80. Very interesting and unique. Worth a quick stop. Watch for wildlife nearby. We saw antelope.