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Elk Mountain in Carbon County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Wagonhound Rest Area

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 11, 2011
1. Wagonhound Rest Area Marker
Inscription. The area near the Wagonhound Rest Area has played an important role in western transportation since the earliest days of human activity in the Rock Mountain west. The area has provided Wyoming's earliest inhabitants, explorers, westbound settlers, and modern travelers with a viable rout around the formidable Elk Mountain and the Medicine Bow range. numerous teepee rings in the immediate vicinity attest to the fact Native Americans utilized the area for thousands of years as they lived and traveled through Southern Wyoming.

With the westward expansion of the United States, the Wagonhound area took on great importance as a southern transportation corridor. During the 1850's, Captain Howard Stansbury lead an expedition near this area to document and survey potential routes for the future Union Pacific Railroad located approximately 30 miles north. In 1862, stagecoach operator Ben Holladay transferred his transcontinental operations from the established Oregon Trail route to a shorter and safer route known as the "Overland Trail." This trail crossed Rock Creek as Arlington to the east and passed Elk Mountain through Rattlesnake Pass on the mountain's north flank. In the opening years of the Twentieth Century, the Wagonhound Area saw increased use with the construction of the Lincoln Highway in 1913, the nation's first transcontinental automobile

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By Beverly Pfingsten, June 11, 2011
2. Wind Turbines
road. In the 1960's, surveyors for the new Interstate Highway System returned to Wagonhound for the route of Interstate 80, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Highway.

In recent years the region has become a favorable location for the wind power generation business. Travelers along I-80 can see one of the largest wind farms in the west from miles away. Over one-hundred turbine windmills generate over 91.4 megawatts of electricity, enough power to supply 23,764 homes with electricity for an entire year.
 
Erected by Wyoming.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Overland Trail marker series.
 
Location. 41° 37.859′ N, 106° 17.146′ W. Marker is in Elk Mountain, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Interstate 80 and Elk Mountain Arlington Road. Click for map. Marker is in the I-80 rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Elk Mountain WY 82324, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wyoming Winds (here, next to this marker); Wagonhound Tipi Rings (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Cherokee Trail (approx. one mile away); Old Rock Creek Stage Crossing

Union Pacific Railroad image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 11, 2011
3. Union Pacific Railroad
(approx. 4.7 miles away); Overland Trail (approx. 7.4 miles away).
 
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Wind Turbines image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 11, 2011
4. Wind Turbines
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 679 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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