The Neutral Hills
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Altima Voyageur
N 52° 09.933 W 110° 50.283
12U E 511076 N 5779464
Quick Description: This cairn is 34 kilometers south of Czar on north side of Buffalo Trail (Hwy 41). Look for Historic signs.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 9/2/2017 8:23:07 AM
Waymark Code: WMWGCV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoKs
Views: 2

Long Description:
As the plaque reads:

The Neutral Hills

According to Indian legend, many tribes were warring on this favourite hunting and ceremonial grounds. Finally, the great spirit "Manitou" in his infinite wisdom touched the Earth and caused a great barrier of hills to separate the warring tribes. Thereafter the Indians designated these hills as Neutral Territory. Thus the "Neutral Hills" came to being.

Geologically they are called a terminal moraine, a product of the glaciers. Some 55 miles long and reaching an elevation of 2900 feet, this ancient landmark was recorded on the map from Palliser's 1857 Expedition.

Ever changing, the Neutral Hills offer the viewer, a splendid panorama of merging yet distinctive worlds. The discovery of artifacts, buffalo skulls, teepee rings ceremonial rings; and the hills themselves ridged from countless grazing herds are ample evidence that the neutrals for hundreds of years were home to the magnificent bison and Indian tribes.

The truth of the early years is lost in antiquity, only the Neutrals, majestic and aloof, could tell us; but forever they keep their own council.

Erected June 1975
By A. E. Spencer, R. A. Polson, L. Scott, & D. N. Mitchell
Type of Marker: Could be Classified as Both

Sign Age: Older Alberta Tourism Marker Style

Parking: Small turn around loop.

Placement agency: Erected June 1975 By A. E. Spencer, R.A. Polson, L. Scott, & D. N. Mitchell

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