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Near Newcastle in Weston County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Cheyenne – Deadwood Trail
Beaver Creek Station – Hank Masons Grave
 
Cheyenne - Deadwood Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 21, 2006
1. Cheyenne - Deadwood Trail Marker
 
Inscription. The Cheyenne-Deadwood Trail, a heritage precious to state and nation, was used by gold seekers and Black Hills emigrants from 1876 to 1887. Crossing U. S. Highway 16 at this point, it followed Stockade Beaver Creek passing Beaver Creek Stage Station and winding on to Deadwood via Canyon Springs Stage Station near present Camp Mallo.

From the Beaver Creek Station, 13 miles north of here, searchers hunted for the treasure coach robbed at Canyon Springs in 1878. This robbery was the only successful raid on a Black Hills treasure coach.

Between Beaver Creek and Canyon Springs Station, in a deep canyon, lies the grave of an old buffalo hunter. The headstone reads: "Hank Mason killed by a bear 1893".
 
Location. 43° 48.804′ N, 104° 6.52′ W. Marker is near Newcastle, Wyoming, in Weston County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 16 and Beaver Creek Road, on the left when traveling east on U.S. 16. Click for map. Marker is 3.7 miles east of U. S. Highway 85. Marker is in this post office area: Newcastle WY 82701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Camp Jenney (approx. mile away); Site of Field City (approx. one mile away).
 
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Cheyenne - Deadwood Trail Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith L, September 21, 2006
2. Cheyenne - Deadwood Trail Marker
The Cheyenne-Deadwood Trail is beyond this marker.
 

1. Cheyenne - Deadwood Stage Route. Beginning in 1876, stagecoaches following the 300-mile Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage Road carried passengers from Cheyenne to the gold fields in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The rich cargo on the coaches became regular targets for thieves and highwaymen. In defense, custom-made stagecoaches were lined with lead and their treasure boxes were bolted to the floor. Men were paid to sit alongside the driver with a shotgun for protection (hence the term “ride shotgun”). (Submitted on December 19, 2007.) 

2. Hank Mason Loses Life to a Bear. "An awful fight had taken place there. Man and bear blood was on the rocks, logs and snow. Now, the bear evidently thinking that Mason was dead left him and went to a spring and got a drink. Mason could not walk so began to crawl down the canyon towards home. The bear came back and trailed Mason about one hundred yards..." (Submitted on December 19, 2007.) 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,032 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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