Near Sinclair in Carbon County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Although the Fort Steele hospital provided medical services to military personnel and there dependents, the lack of refined medical techniques often resulted in death from infection and diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis. The infant mortality rate was particularly high and 25% of the grave in the cemetery were occupied by children.
The 100' x 140' cemetery was enclosed by a picket fence and contained eighty irregularly spaced graves. Each grave was number, the number appearing on a painted wooden peg at the foot of the plot. Gravesite markings included wood headboard for the military but they proved impractical as inscriptions soon became obliterated by weathering. Although few persons of historical fame were buried in the Fort Fred Steele cemetery, an exception was Jefferson J. Stander who participated in many western gold rushes including the brief 1867 boom at South Pass, Wyoming.
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When the post was decommissioned in 1886, the Secretary of the Interior declared the cemetery exempt from sale or transfer to the public because of the military burials. In 1892 the graves of the soldiers, their dependents and some civilians were move to Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Nebraska. Civilians continued to use the cemetery after the departure of the military and the last documented burial took place in the 1920's. The land occupied by the cemetery is still owned by the United States government.
Erected by Wyoming Recreation Commission.
Location. 41° 46.46′ N, 106° 56.822′ W. Marker is near Sinclair, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker is on County Route 347 near Interstate 80, on the right when traveling north. 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 Powder Magazine (here, next to this marker); A Tourist's Railroad (here, next to this marker); Fenimore Chatterton (a few steps from this marker); Sheepherder's Community (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ranching (about 600 feet away); Sheep Industry (about 700 feet away); Sheep Ranching (about 700 feet away); Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sinclair.
More about this marker. This marker, among a grouping of a four markers, is located at Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site between the Information Kiosk and the Powder Magazine. The markers are on County Road 347, north of the Interstate 80 Exit 228 and south of the railroad tracks.
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