Saturday, June 11, 2016

Another old postcard of a somewhat alien-looking landscape


One month ago, I shared a postcard of the otherworldly cave homes in Guadix, Spain. Here's another postcard that looks more than Bizarro World than the Earth we know.

But it's a real place. Here's the caption from the back of the undated and unused C.T. Art-Colortone linen postcard:
1076 — SCENE ON SHERMAN HILL
ON HIGHWAY U.S. 30, WYOMING.
AMES MONUMENT IN THE BACKGROUND
Ames Monument commemorates the Ames Brothers, whose financial backing enabled the Union Pacific to first span America with a railroad. Sherman Hill is the highest point between the Coasts for both railroad and highway.
OK, sure. To me, though, it looks like something out of Land of the Lost. I bet that monument is full of light crystals.1

The Ames Monument is quite real, though. It was constructed in 1880 and, though it's needed some TLC and restoration over the years, you can still visit it year-round. According to Wikipedia:
"The Ames Monument is located about 20 miles (32 km) east of Laramie, Wyoming, on a wind-blown, treeless summit south of Interstate 80 at the Vedauwoo exit. The monument is a four-sided, random ashlar pyramid, 60 feet (18 m) square at the base and 60 feet (18 m) high, constructed of light-colored native granite. The pyramid features an interior passage, now sealed, alongside the perimeter of the structure's base."
Sealed interior passage, huh? So maybe it is a pylon, with a secret matrix table inside. If you ever happen upon it, a word of warning: don't put two green crystals together.

Pakuni-themed footnote
1. Fun aside: Did you know that you can follow Cha-Ka on Facebook? And then you can get marvelous posts such as this one:

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