“What can we do with the Western coast? This rockbound, cheerless, uninviting, un-harbored place. What use have we for such a country? I will not vote one cent from the public treasury to place the Pacific Ocean one inch nearer Boston than it is now!” Statesman Daniel Webster said this in the early 19th century to the US Senate and several other statesmen agreed with him saying that God had set the great western mountains as a “natural impassable boundary” to keep Americans in the East.
However, not all Americans agreed with these statesmen and slowly people began to move forward to conquer the West. Thousands passed through the Rocky Mountains on the Oregon Trail beginning in 1842. It was then that they discovered those great masses of rock called ‘as-sin-wati.’ by the Cree Indians. The first mention of their present name “Rocky Mountains” is to be found in Legardeur St. Pierre’s journal for 1752, which refers to the ‘Montaignes de Roche.’
Because of the courage and determination of those early explorers, mountain men, brave pioneers and settlers we now can enjoy the beauty of these mountains and can have the opportunity to explore freely these marvelous creations of God!
The Rocky Mountains stretch more than 3000 miles from Canada to New Mexico. These mountains were sometimes called “Shining Mountains” by Indians because of their gray color. They have significant mineral deposits of copper, gold, lead, molybdenum, silver, tungsten, and zinc and several smaller areas contain reserves of coal, natural gas, oil shale, and petroleum.
Some main Rocky Mountain tourist attractions are:
Rocky Mountain National Park and Pikes Peak in Colorado
Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
Glacier National Park in Montana
Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Idaho
The Continental Divide is located in the Rocky Mountains and designates the line at which waters flow either to the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans.
Rocky Mountain Information at Wikipedia
How did the Rocky Mountains get their name?
Daniel Webster Quotes