Ames Monument

3 mi. NW of Sherman, Sherman, Wyoming


Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey


Street View 


Designated a National Historic Landmark on October 31, 2016.

The Ames family commissioned this monument to honor the memory of Oakes and Oliver Ames for their role in the building of the Union Pacific Railroad. The structure was designed by architect H.H. Richardson, with medallions by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It stood at the highest point on the transcontinental railroad until 1918, when the railroad was moved several miles south. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

Edited to Add: You have to want to go to visit this interesting pyramid. Because the railroad right-of-way moved, everything related to this site, including the town that used to be here, is gone. The pyramid is an amazing piece of design and construction, but it is not convenient to much of anything. It can be reached from I-80 but it is not a road to be traveled by weak hearts or bald tires.

Take exit 329 from I-80 (Vedauwoo Road) to County Road 234 and turn left. The monument will be about two miles down the road, after you cross Ironhorse Road - the original right-of-way of the Union Pacific.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 24, 1972
Reference number
Areas of significance
Commerce; Art; Transportation; Politics/Government; Architecture; Communications
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant years
1880; 1882

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2017: Updated by Michael Miller: Updated "Description" & "NRHP Status"
  • August 31, 2016: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • September 2, 2012: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added photos and directions to locate the monument
  • September 2, 2012: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • May 17, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER