Near Newcastle in Weston County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Site of Field City
In the spring of 1889 Deloss Tubbs, a businessman from Custer, Dakota Territory, laid out Field City around his store on the east bank of Salt Creek. Tubbs, together with saloon keeper F. R. Curran, foresaw the economic advantages of locating a townsite along the anticipated route of the Burlington and Missouri River Railroad. Idled at Alliance, Nebraska for want of suitable locomotive coal to continue its northwest course, the B & M sought a connection with the transcontinental Northern Pacific at Billings, Montana. Recently discovered coal deposits at Cambria, nine miles northwest of Tubb Town, made the railroad extension possible.
Within a few months Tubb Town could boast of a milk ranch, newspaper and Chinese laundry. However, the town’s saloons, dance halls, and sporting houses fostered a “hell raising” notoriety. The first ordinance passed by the new residents reportedly stated that “no one shall pass through without paying sufficient toll to set ’em up to the bunch.”
The eagerly awaited connection with the Burlington and Missouri upon which Tubb Town staked its future failed to materialize. Land price disagreements resulted in a reroute two miles west. In
Residents of Tubb Town, accepting the inevitable, packed up their businesses and belongings and moved en masse to Newcastle. Thus, Field City died unceremoniously in the year of its birth, leaving only memories and occasional symptoms of “Tubb Town hangover” to perplex Newcastle citizens.
Location. 43° 49.051′ N, 104° 7.67′ W. Marker is near Newcastle, Wyoming, in Weston County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 16 and Tubb Town Road, on the left when traveling east on U.S. 16. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newcastle WY 82701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Jenny Stockade (approx. ¼ mile away); Camp Jenney (approx. ¼ mile away); Accidental Oil Well (approx. 0.7 miles away); Cheyenne – Deadwood Trail (approx. one mile away); The Trains Power Newcastle (approx. 4.6 miles away); Cambria Powers the Trains (approx. 4.6 miles away); Hanging of Diamond L. Slim Clifton (approx. 4.6 miles away); Cambria (approx. 7.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newcastle.
Also see . . .
1. Wild, Wooly Tubbtown. "...Tubbtown was located east of Newcastle near the hand-dug oil well site. One of its more famous visitors was Calamity Jane." (Submitted on December 19, 2007.)
2. Quick Facts. "...any newcomers faced an expensive initiation rite -- paying for a round of drinks for everyone at a local saloon." (Submitted on December 19, 2007.)
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