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The hand-book of Wyoming and guide to the Black Hills and Big Horn regions (1877) (14779301571)

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The hand-book of Wyoming and guide to the Black Hills and Big Horn regions (1877) (14779301571)

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Identifier: handbookofwyomi00stra (find matches)
Title: The hand-book of Wyoming and guide to the Black Hills and Big Horn regions
Year: 1877 (1870s)
Authors: Strahorn, Robert E. (Robert Edmund), 1852-1944
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Publisher: Cheyenne, (Chicago, Knight & Leonard, printers)
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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ent streams in the mountains of this locality. Asthe tributaries of the Yellowstone have a gravelly bottom of igne-ous and metamorphic rocks, porphyry, granite and quartz, thereis no reason that there should not be gold found, even in consid-erable quantities, in this formation. The Yellowstone river hasits source in the Yellowstone lake, and takes a course a little westof north until it unites with Shields river. At this point it takesa general direction a little north of east to the mouth of Powderriver, and thence a due eastern course to the Missouri. In lowwater the stream is navigable with ease as far up as PompeysPillar. The fish of the Yellowstone consist of catfish near itsmouth, shiner, catfish and jack salmon between Powder riverand the Big Horn west of Powder river. Buffalo, elk, antelope,mountain sheep and beaver are found in great numbers. TheYellowstone valley above the mouth of the Powder river can all,or nearly all, be cultivated, as the soil is rich. The islands, many
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CHOICE NOOKS FOE THE FARMER AND STOCKMAN. 211 of which are very large, could be cultivated. There is abundanceof coal and pine wood that could be taken out with profit. Thewater is fine. . . . And in the valleys there grow large quantitiesof wild plums, cherries, crab-apples, grapes, gooseberries, buffaloberries, currants and wild strawberries. That portion of the Yellowstone valley with which the writeris more particularly conversant lies between the mouths of thePowder and Eosebud, and is one hundred miles long. In thisportion we have seen a vast extent of fertile valley and superblygrassed upland. The bottoms often widen to an extent of threeor four miles, and occasionally reach a width of ten miles. Theseare generally ornamented by large groves of cottonwood. Thehigh lands adjacent rise up in picturesque terraces, terminatingin broad and wonderfully level plateaus, and covered with asplendid growth of bunch and grama grasses. Eiver, valley andsurroundings often blend into the most

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