The Fremont Butte area near Akron is very similar in plant life to the Pawnee Buttes near Grover though they are separated by about 80 miles of prairie. This probably results from their similar soils. The Fremont area, however, lacks the abundance of capstone that has protected the taller Pawnee Buttes. Of the twenty-one species blooming the day I was there, six of them I have found nowhere else but the Pawnee Buttes. I call the structure below the Sphinx though others have called it the chair. Erosion has probably changed its name often.
This is the Fremont Butte. John C. Fremont did not reach the butte on his 1842 exploration, heading instead to the Orchard area farther up the South Platte, named Orchard because the few cottonwood trees there reminded him of an orchard. The Platte at that time was nearly treeless. A contingent of his men did explore it.
Not tall, but there is little around it.
Two 1935 geodetic markers are planted on top of the butte.
This milkvetch is called White Locoweed, (Oxytropis sericea).
Bastard Toadflax. (I don’t explain the names. I just pass them along.)
Our native rose, Rosa woodsii, finds a home along the river or on the prairie.
An oreocarya, one of the plants I have only previously seen at the Pawnee Buttes.
This Lavanderleaf Sundrop is also at the Pawnee Buttes.
First time I have seen it. It was all over the top of the butte. Downy Paintedcup (Castilleja sessiliflora)
A nice little garden at the top.
These two plants, the Silky Milkvetch (Orophaca sericea) and the Alpine Golden Buckwheat, I last saw at the Pawnee Buttes.
Another, the Golden Banner
Alpine Golden Buckwheat
If you are looking for help from road signs in getting to the Fremont Butte–Good Luck.