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Near Coby in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

“Corbett's Shebang” at Sinking Water Crossing

 
 
"Corbett's Shebang" at Sinking Water Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2015
1. "Corbett's Shebang" at Sinking Water Crossing Marker
Inscription. On September 10th 1880, Victor Arland and John F. Corbett set up the first mercantile establishment in the Big Horn Basin on the Indian Trace that follows Trail Creek. Looking to the cattlemen for business, they moved to Cottonwood Creek in 1883, then to Meeteetse Creek in 1884 where Arland, their final trading post, was established.
Corbett, doing the freighting from Billings for company enterprises, set up a way station in the river bottom where the freight road crossed the Stinking Water River—later renamed the Shoshone. A bridge, the first of five to span the river at this point, was constructed in 1883 at a cost of $5,000 raised by subscription from cattlemen, the Northern Pacific Railroad and Billings merchants.
Accommodations provided were a small store, a saloon and overnight lodging. The post office was established in 1885 with Corbett the postmaster. It was a gathering place and social center long before Cody came into existence twelve years later.
Corbett died in bed at his Meeteetse home December 15, 1910. His partner, Arland, went to his reward in more traditional style—dying with his boots on. In December, 1889, a shot fired through a saloon window in Red Lodge, Montana, killed him while he is playing poker.
The name of Corbett lingers on but the need for “Corbett’s Shebang”
"Corbett's Shebang" at Sinking Water Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2015
2. "Corbett's Shebang" at Sinking Water Crossing Marker
The marker is on the left.
in the river bottom ended with the arrival of the railroad in November 1901.
 
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
 
Location. 44° 34.859′ N, 108° 58.223′ W. Marker is near Coby, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on Powell Highway (Alternate U.S. 14) near Happy Trails Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4757 Powell Highway, Cody WY 82414, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eagle's Nest Stage Station (here, next to this marker); Yellowstone Fire Fighters (approx. 6.2 miles away); Swimming Hole: (approx. 6.2 miles away); Administrative Area: (approx. 6.2 miles away); Agriculture and Root Cellars (approx. 6.2 miles away); Pioneer Stagecoach Drivers (approx. 6.2 miles away); Heart Mountain High School: (approx. 6.2 miles away); M.P. Station, Guard Tower, Rail & Train Station (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 3 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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