Tree Rock in Wyoming

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, experienced strong winds in Wyoming.   The wind was over 65 miles per hour.   We tried to pose for photos, but we started to blow away.

Tree Rock in Wyoming

Tree Rock in Wyoming

Lucky for us, the moms caught us.   We came back another time and the wind was only about 35 miles per hour, so we did pose for photos and we saw this tree.

This tree is growing out of a rock.  This is on I-80 in Wyoming, between Cheyenne and Laramie.

Tree appears to be growing out of rock

Tree appears to be growing out of rock

The tree is between the east and westbound lanes of the highway.   There is a sign to exit the interstate highway.   The men working on the railroad from 1867-1869, diverted the Union Pacific train rails to save this little tree.   When the trains began traveling, the trains stopped by the tree and the locomotive fireman gave the tree a drink from the water bucket.

Tree rock with storm coming

Tree rock with storm coming

When the tracks were moved a few miles to lower ground, the route became a wagon road. Travelers noticed the tree and it became a favorite subject of photographs.   This tree was also on the favorite postcard.   The Lincoln Highway, later US 30 passed the tree in the 1920s and in the 1960s I-80 also passed by the tree.

This tree is twisted limber pine (Pinus Flexitis).

Tree growing thru crack in pink marble

Tree growing thru crack in pink marble.  Marble is Billions of years old.

The age of this tree is unknown, but this type of tree can live to 2000 years in this area.  The tree grows out of a crack in a boulder of Precambrian era pink Sherman granite that was formed about 1-4 billion years ago.

This is the tree when we ducks were out there.

Less wind but stormy skies

Less wind but stormy skies

This is the tree when the winds were howling.

Winds over 65 mph.  Trucks asked to exit highway.  Wish of blowing over is very high

Winds over 65 mph. Trucks asked to exit highway. Risk of blowing over is very high

You will like seeing this little tree in the rock.  So many tourists have seen and remembered this tree.   Stop to see it when you are on I-80 in Wyoming.

The Lincoln Monument in Wyoming

There is a Lincoln Monument in Wyoming.   The first transcontinental highway, first named the Lincoln Highway, then US 30, passes through Wyoming.   I-80 now follows much of that route through Wyoming.   In 1958, Dr. Charles E. Jeffrey sponsored a project to erect a Lincoln memorial on top of Sherman Hill,

Lincoln Monument

Lincoln Monument

the highest point of the highway.

Exit 323 on I-80 in southern Wyoming will take you to Summit Rest Area, the highest point on I-80, and the Lincoln Monument.

Highest point on I-80 at 8640 feet

Highest point on I-80 at 8640 feet

This bronze bust is 13 ½ feet high.  The granite base is 35 feet high.   The bust was designed and created by Robert I. Russin, a former University of Wyoming art professor and Wyoming’s best known sculptor.

The project took over 11 months and 10 tons of clay to complete.

Bust of Lincoln

Bust of Lincoln

Russin needed to work in a constant, favorable climate so the 4,500 pound bust was formed and cast in Mexico City, then transported to Wyoming by train.

The base is a hollow concrete pillar filled with ladders and lightning rods. The head was cast in 30 pieces and is bolted together, much like the inside of the Statue of Liberty.

Very big and very impressive

Very big and very impressive

It is the only monument to Abraham Lincoln along the Lincoln Highway and is the largest bronze head in the U.S.

A memorial honoring the late Robert I. and Adele M. Russin is near the Lincoln Monument. Russin, the sculptor, had a great fascination with Abraham Lincoln that inspired this work.

Memorial to Russin

Memorial to Robert and Adele Russin

Russin also named his second son Lincoln.  We hope you will see this monument in Wyoming.