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

Rock Creek to Montana Stage Line

Stagecoach Roads in Sheridan County

 
 
Rock Creek to Montana Stage Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
1. Rock Creek to Montana Stage Line Marker
Inscription. Beginning in July 1878 the U.S. Postal Service awarded contracts to stage lines to operated mail and passenger service on start route 37110 between Rock Creek, on the Union Pacific Railroad in southeastern Wyoming, and Northern Pacific Railroad connections in south eastern Montana. The road used for route 37110 was the Bozeman Trail from Sheridan to the Wyoming-Montana line. The stage road came up from Soldier Creek valley to this spot, the continued northwest across the hills to the post office at Bingham on the Tongue River.
After the first two contractors failed, M.T. Patrick and A.H. Brown were awarded the contract for postal star route 37110 in April, 1879. Over the next three years, service varied from three to seven trips per week to a frequently changing Montana terminus. During this time the contract amount rose steadily to a peak rate of $100,165.83, the highest star service contract in the West. A new contract was assigned in July 1892 and the route number was changed. All subsequent contracts were let to the lowest bidder and ranged from $15,000 to $30,000. Postal star service continued between the Union Pacific and Northern Pacific railroads until 1886. After that, as railroads were built across Wyoming, the stage lines contracted into shorter, more numerous routes.
 
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Rock Creek to Montana Stage Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
2. Rock Creek to Montana Stage Line Marker
Big Horn Wyoming Bicentennial Committee.
 
Location. 44° 49.368′ N, 107° 3.223′ W. Marker is near Sheridan, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker is on Keystone Road (County Route 98) near Solldier Creek Road (County Route 74), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Parkman WY 82838, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Pipe of Peace (approx. 3.7 miles away); Trail End (approx. 4.5 miles away); General George Crook (approx. 4.6 miles away); First Cabin in Sheridan (approx. 5 miles away); Historic Sheridan Inn (approx. 5 miles away); Class 0-5-A Mohawk Locomotive (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Black Diamonds of Sheridan County (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Black Diamond Trail (approx. 5.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sheridan.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in a large turnout on Keystone Road just north of the Soldier Creek Road intersection.

This plaque is one of six "Stagecoach Roads in Sheridan County" markers.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 24 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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