“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Sinclair in Carbon County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

Town of Ft. Steele

Boom and Bust


1889 to 1940's

Town of Ft. Steele Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
1. Town of Ft. Steele Marker
Captions: (top & center right) When the military abandoned the fort in 1889 and cautioned off the buildings and property in 1892 some of the local businessmen and ranchers hoped that Ft. Steele would remain a town. The earliest plat for the township is shown here. We believe it is from 1896 since some of the buildings sold in 1892 are not indicated on the plat.; (bottom right) Aero Filling Station, Fort Steele, Wyoming.
Inscription. In 1901, the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company included a plat of Ft. Steel in its insurance rating of the town. The town had not grown as planned, probably due to the closeness of Rawlins and that the timber industry had started building its own town on the opposite side of the river so that its workers did not have to cross the river in order to get to work, shop, etc. In the mid 1900's the Vivion Sheep Companies moved most of their sheep operations east to the Wolcott area. The U.P.R.R. then moved the section crews out of the Ft. Steele Community a few years later. However, the Ft. Steele township got a boost in survival when the Great Lincoln Highway was constructed in the late 1920's as it followed the railroad line in from Wolcott on the north side of the tracks and crossed the North Platte just below Ft. Steele and then came up through the old Fort Area proceeding west into Greenville or Parco (present day Sinclair.
Some of the old barracks and other buildings at Ft. Steele were used as gasoline stations, cafes, motels and the like until U.S. 30 was re-routed and paved a few years later at its present location near I-80. The largest hotel at Ft. Steele burnt down in November 1923; it had been established in 1868 as a military barracks. The hotel had 22 rooms and the last known owner was E.J. Bower who had tried to sell it
Town of Ft. Steele Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
2. Town of Ft. Steele Marker
to J.S. Hugus in 1882 and it does not appear on either the 1886 nor the 1901 plats of Ft. Steele. With the beginning of World War II and the end of the timber industry the town was deal its final death blow and the end of the "boom." It has been mostly "bust" ever since.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Location. 41° 46.621′ N, 106° 56.737′ W. Marker is near Sinclair, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker can be reached from County Route 374 near Interstate 80. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sinclair WY 82334, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Well Traveled Sawmill (here, next to this marker); Carbon Timber Company (here, next to this marker); Brownsville and Benton (here, next to this marker); Railroad and River (here, next to this marker); Bridge Tender's House (a few steps from this marker); Image of Fort Fred Steele (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rock Springs Massacre (about 300 feet away); Major Thomas Tipton Thornburgh (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sinclair.
More about this marker. This marker, among a grouping of a half-dozen other markers, is located at Fort Fred Steele State Park on County Road 347, north of the Interstate 80 Exit 228 and on the south side of the railroad tracks near where County Road 347 passes beneath the railroad bridge.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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