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Independence Rock from a distance, the massive granite stone dwarfs the surrounding prairie flora.
The monolithic Independence Rock stands out on the horizon of central Wyoming’s prairies. Independence Rock is referred to as Timpe Nabor, or Painted Rock, by the Indigenous peoples of the area. Numerous tribes such as the Arapaho, Arikara, Lakota, Pawnee, Shoshone and Ute carved symbols into the red granite over generations of visiting the Timpe Nabor. Beginning in the 1800s, travelers used the massive rock formation as a landmark while caravans of emigrants moved along the Mormon, Oregon and California trails. When passing through, they’d carve their names into the stone. At Independence Rock State Historic Site, visitors can observe the history left behind by thousands of people over time. 
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The Great American Rail-Trail promises an all-new American experience. Through 12 states and the District of Columbia, the trail will directly serve nearly 50 million people within 50 miles of the route. Across the nation—and the world—only the limits of imagination will limit its use.Learn More
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