Two examples of harri mutilak (literally "stone boys" in Basque") spread across the west that we visited this year. One overlooks the Black Rock Desert from the summit of Elephant Mountain in northern Nevada and the other the vast lands of the Big Horn Mountains in northeastern Wyoming. Sheep herders made these stone monuments for guideposts, to mark range boundaries, and sometimes just because they were bored or for other reasons. They stand as a tribute to the history of grazing and sheep herding in the West, and as a testament to the uses of public lands in the West.
September 30, 2017 is National Public Lands Day. To celebrate this we are going to share images of public lands from our archives every day in September.
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