Grand Canyon of the Platte
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Title:Grand Canyon of the Platte
Other Names:Fiery Narrows, Pathfinder Canyon
History:A canyon on the North Platte River. (Wyoming Guide) In the early 1900's, the canyon was dammed to create the Pathfinder Reservoir. (Wyoming Derrick September 10, 1903, page 1) Grand Canyon of the Platte.—Just below this canyon there is a broad valley that has been carved out of the Tertiary rocks. The removal of the Tertiary has exposed two rather extensive areas of Red Beds. The first is at the mouth of the canyon, at which place the gypsum beds are well developed and have a linear extent of not less than 5 or 6 miles. Below the canyon about 3 or 4 miles, and at the town of Alcova, the Red Beds have been brought to the surface by means of a fault, in an area similar to the one just described. The gypsum at this place has been prospected, and very valuable beds are open and awaiting transportation facilities. (Adams)
County:Natrona
Feature Category:Land Features
Origin Of Name:In 1812, Robert Stuart named the canyon Fiery Narrows, because of the color of the rocks. (Irving)A canyon on the North Platte River. (Wyoming Guide) In the early 1900's, the canyon was dammed to create the Pathfinder Reservoir. (Wyoming Derrick September 10, 1903, page 1) Grand Canyon of the Platte.—Just below this canyon there is a broad valley that has been carved out of the Tertiary rocks. The removal of the Tertiary has exposed two rather extensive areas of Red Beds. The first is at the mouth of the canyon, at which place the gypsum beds are well developed and have a linear extent of not less than 5 or 6 miles. Below the canyon about 3 or 4 miles, and at the town of Alcova, the Red Beds have been brought to the surface by means of a fault, in an area similar to the one just described. The gypsum at this place has been prospected, and very valuable beds are open and awaiting transportation facilities. (Adams)
Type (DCMI):JPEG
Link:Search Wyoming Places
Document ID:11141073

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