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

Site of Fort Thompson or Camp Magraw

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2016
1. Site of Fort Thompson or Camp Magraw Marker
Inscription. In 1856 the United States Congress appropriated money to build the central division of the Fort Kearney-South Pass-Honey Lake Wagon Road from Nebraska to California. W.M.F. Magraw was appointed superintendent by the Secretary of the Interior. He was later removed for mismanagement and replaced by W.F. Lander, who staked a new route known as the Lander Cutoff from Gilbert Station, or Burnt Ranch, to City Rocks, Idaho. Winter of 1857-58 overtook the workers at St. Mary's Station on the Oregon Trail. Frank Lowe, guide, led them to this location for winter quarters, officially named Fort Thompson, in honor of the incumbent U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Old timers called it Camp Magraw. The settlement above here, first known as Push Root, was renamed Lander by Lowe, in honor of his friend.
 
Erected 1965 by Wyoming State Archives and Historical Department and the Wyoming State Historical Society.
 
Location. 42° 51.102′ N, 108° 41.766′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is on Wyoming Route 789 near Chittim Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as
Site of Fort Thompson or Camp Magraw Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 30, 2016
2. Site of Fort Thompson or Camp Magraw Marker
the crow flies. Site of Fort McGraw (within shouting distance of this marker); Lander Vally Historical Sites (approx. 2.1 miles away); Lander's Mill (approx. 2.1 miles away); IOOF Building - Golden Rule Store (approx. 2.1 miles away); Palace Pharmacy, Albany Hotel, US Post Office (approx. 2.1 miles away); Main Street (approx. 2.1 miles away); Lander Hotel (approx. 2.2 miles away); Bossert Building (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lander.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 93 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 July 26, 2016.
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