Sheep Eater Cliff,   Yellowstone National Park

The original place called Sheepeater Cliffs (the southern canyon walls of Sheepeater Canyon) was named by Superintendent Philetus Norris after the Sheepeater Indians. They were early Yellowstone inhabitants who were a variety of Shoshone Indians and lived a rather primitive, pre-horse lifestyle.  According to Lee Whittlesey in
Yellowstone Place Names, the long columnar basalt cliff called Sheepeater Cliff was probably so-named because of confusion from Norris's map. Located 8 miles south of Mammoth Hot Springs on the east side of the road to Norris Junction, it is actually a good distance above the original Sheepeater Cliffs, which Whittlesey describes as being  located from several miles above to several miles below Osprey Falls and eastward up Lava Creek to Undine Falls.
     This card was published by Edward H. Mitchell, publisher of San Francisco.
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