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Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Platte Bridge Cemetery

 
 
Platte Bridge Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
1. Platte Bridge Cemetery Marker
Inscription. You may be surprised that no one is buried under these stone markers. They represent some of the soldiers who died while stationed at Platte Bridge Station (Fort Caspar). The army removed the bodies originally located here and reinterred them at Fort D. A. Russell in 1899.
In 1926, members of the Civilian Conservation Corps unearthed three skeletons while working at this site. These bodies were reburied under the large monument to your left.
It is almost certain that other people are buried on the fort grounds. During the days of the great emigration along the Oregon Trail, this area served as a pioneer cemetery.
 
Erected 1988 by Natrona County Historical Society.
 
Location. 42° 50.188′ N, 106° 22.21′ W. Marker is in Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker is on Fort Caspar Road near South West Wyoming Boulevard (Wyoming Highway 258), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 Fort Caspar Road, Casper WY 82604, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Fort Caspar (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Old Pioneer Military Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Fort Casper (within shouting distance of this
Platte Bridge Cemetery and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 16, 2015
2. Platte Bridge Cemetery and Marker
marker); The Battle of Red Buttes (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle at Platte Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oregon Trail (about 300 feet away); Mormon Pioneer Trail (about 300 feet away); The Pony Express (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Casper.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located near the Fort Caspar Museum and Visitors Center.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Grand Army of the Republic Monument image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
3. Grand Army of the Republic Monument
A plaque on the monument reads:
In Memory
of the
Grand Army of the Republic
To our fathers who sacrificed lives and fortunes for our freedom and unity
Presented by
Betsy Ross Tent No. 19
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
1861 - 1865


Several skeletons recovered by the CCC during reconstruction of Fort Caspar are buried on this hill.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 155 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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