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

Site of Old Platte Bridge

 
 
Site of Old Platte Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
1. Site of Old Platte Bridge Marker
Inscription.
Built by
Louis Gurnard
1858-59

Immediately south and west are the sites of Platte Bridge Station, First Overland Telegraph, Stage, and Pony Express Stations on the Old Oregon Trail

opposite side:

One half mile north and west across North Platte River on the tableland occurred Platte Bridge fight July 26, 1865 in which Lt. Caspar W. Collins, 11th Ohio Vol. Cav., and Privates George W. McDonald, Co. I, George Camp and Sebastian Nehring, Co. K., all of 11th Kan. Vol. Cav. were killed.
Also killed the same day near here were Privates James A. Porter and Adam Culp, both of Co. I, 11th Kan. Vol. Cav.

 
Erected 1930 by Natrona County Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 50.258′ N, 106° 22.297′ W. Marker is in Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker can be reached from Fort Caspar Road near Southwest Wyoming Boulevard (Route 258), on the right 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
Site of Old Platte Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 1, 2016
2. Site of Old Platte Bridge Marker
. Guinard Bridge (here, next to this marker); The Upper Crossing (here, next to this marker); The Road to Zion (a few steps from this marker); The Mormon Ferry (a few steps from this marker); Reconstructed Fort Caspar (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Battle at Platte Bridge (about 300 feet away); The Battle of Red Buttes (about 400 feet away); Robert Stuart Cabin Site (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Casper.
 
More about this marker. This marker is next to the reconstruction of Platte Bridge.
 
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsWars, US Indian
 
Site of Old Platte Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
3. Site of Old Platte Bridge Marker
The marker is to the right of the bridge.
Platte Bridge and Platte Bridge Station image. Click for full size.
National Archives
4. Platte Bridge and Platte Bridge Station
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3, 4. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 17, 2016.
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