Enough Water to Go Around? -- US 26 rest area, E of Guernsey WY
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N 42° 15.652 W 104° 41.848
13T E 524952 N 4678784
A large brown state historic marker at the US 26 rest area east of Guernsey WY
Waymark Code: WMK2T8
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 02/04/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 3

Several historic markers are there to enjoy at the US 26 rest area east of Guernsey WY. Blasterz stop at ALL rest areas to read the plaques, stretch our legs, and air out the kids :)

The marker reads as follows:


The Platte River has two forks, both originate in the high Colorado Rockies. This is the north fork of the Platte. The north fork and south fork join in western Nebraska and eventually flow into the Missouri River. As human populations have grown throughout the world, so has their need for water. Platte River water irrigates croplands in Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska—part of our nation’s breadbasket. It provides drinking water for over four million people and as many domestic animals. Competition for this water is fierce. Fish and wildlife also rely on this water to survive. Upstream and downstream wildlife use the water from the river for drinking and as a home. It is particularly important as a resting place for millions of ducks and geese as well as the nation’s largest single gathering of sandhill cranes. Vegetation growing along the river’s banks is lush because of the deep soils and available water. This vegetation, when protected and conserved, grows deep roots which hold river bank soils together, keeps the river from eroding the banks and filters soil out of the water before entering the river. River bank vegetation helps keep the river water clean for humans, fish, and wildlife.

All humans along the Platte are responsible for the river’s water. We control the destiny of humans and wildlife on the Platte. Part of our responsibility to Wyoming’s resources is its wild places and wild things."
Marker Name: Enough water to go around?

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Addtional Information:
US 26 rest area east of Guernsey WY

Group Responsible for Placement: State of Wyoming

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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