0 Likes

Ames Monument 1
USA

“Completed in 1882 at a cost of $65,000, this monolithic, 60-foot high granite pyramid was built by the Union Pacific Railroad Company.  It stands on the highest elevation (8,247 feet) of the original transcontinental route.  Until 1901, when the railroad was relocated several miles to the south, it passed close by the north side of the monument where once stood the rail town of Sherman.

The monument serves as a memorial to the Ames brothers of Massachusetts, Oakes (1804-1873) and Oliver (1807-1877), whose wealth, influence, talent, and work were key factors in the construction of the first coast to coast railroad in North America.  The contribution made by Oakes was especially significant, even though in 1873 he was implicated in a scandal relative to financing the construction of the railroad.

Ames Monument was designed by the distinguished American architect Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886).  Located further west than any of his works, this memorial typifies the Richardsonian style by its energetic, elemental characteristics.  His love for native construction materials is demonstrated by the monument’s great, rough hewn granite blocks, quarried from “reed’s Rock” one half mile west.  A Richardson biographer has called the monument “Perhaps the finest memorial in America... one of Richardson’s least known and most perfect works.”  The bas relief medallions of the Ames brothers were done by the prominent American sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens.”

Text on the plaque next to the monument

Copyright: Calvin jones
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 13224x6612
Uploaded: 09/08/2011
Atualizado: 10/07/2014
Visitas:

...


Tags: 1882; ames; union pacific; railroad; oakes; oliver; henry h. richardson; richardsonian; sherman; wyoming
comments powered by Disqus

pix
Ames Monument
Calvin Jones
Ames Monument
pix
Sherman Cemetery
pix
Vedauwoo - "Mushroom" rock
pix
Vedauwoo [2]
pix
Vedauwoo [1]
David Group
Vedauwoo, Wyoming - USA
jiri spacaj
TREE ROCK
pix
Beaver ponds
pix
Recent beaver dam
pix
Granite Springs Reservoir
pix
North Crow Reservoir
Marco Calado
Torre de São Lourenço
Geoff Mather
The Weir Rustic Hut
Michael Pop
On top of a turkish cargoship
Stefan Geens
Wadi Daerhu from on high, Socotra, Yemen
benjamin-suzanne
Cap Canaille 3
Tariana Mara
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Robert Mročka
Babi Hora(1725 m.n.m.) - vyhled
Mark Schuster
Shiraz Old Bazaar Iran
dieter kik
Mont Saint Michel Finistere France
Carlos Chegado
Ferrera Beach Apartments Mallorca Swimming Pool at Sunset
Marco Calado
Pátio Dom Fradique
Ingemar Bergmark
1930s street view of Seoul
Calvin Jones
Giant Van Gogh Sunflowers painting, Goodland, Kansas
Calvin Jones
Neargoldhillcamping
Calvin Jones
Project Faultless, Fault line
Calvin Jones
Kanesvilletabernacle05
Calvin Jones
Dutchmans Arch 1, San Rafael Swell, Utah
Calvin Jones
Blackrock Arizona (back)
Calvin Jones
Gunnision Bend Reservoir spillway
Calvin Jones
Portland LDS Temple, Lake Oswego, Oregon USA
Calvin Jones
Paiute ATV - Paradise Canyon Steam Sawmill
Calvin Jones
Blythe Intaglios, Blythe, California, 5
Calvin Jones
Antelope springs cave (false entrance)
Calvin Jones
Tree of Utah
More About USA

The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.