Spotted Horse in Campbell County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Hunt's 1811 Astorian Overland Expedition
In 1811, Astor appointed Wilson Price Hunt head of an expedition to find an overland route. After leaving Missouri River, Huntís party traveled over 2,000 miles westward in seven months. Though planning to use the northern route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Hunt decided to head south and travel across northern Wyoming to avoid the Blackfeet.
The party entered Wyoming in August. On the 18th, while still in eastern Wyoming, Hunt wrote in his diary, “we found it necessary to leave the mountains and turn back toward the broken countryside. When we had pitched camp Ö Mr. McKenzi and I scaled the nearby slopes. Our view extended in all directions. In the west we saw far off some mountains that appeared white in several spots, and we assumed that this was the snow-covered Big Horn [Range]. Below the peaks, herds of buffalo ran over the plans.” The Astorians finally reached
Erected by Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office.
Location. 44° 42.505′ N, 105° 50.181′ W. Marker is in Spotted Horse, Wyoming, in Campbell County. Marker is on U.S. 16 at milepost 70 near Werner Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7021 U.S. Highway 14/16, Gillette WY 82716, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. At the Break of Dawn . . . (approx. 12 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located next to the Spotted Horse Bar, just about the only thing out there.
Also see . . .
1. The Pacific Fur Company - Wikipedia. Consult the "Overland Expedition" section. br As the leader of the expedition Hunt would make a number of decisions which were disastrous. The movement of Hunt's group has been described as "a company of traders forging westward in [a] haphazard fashion." (Submitted on September 19, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
2. Marie Dorion and The Astoria Expedition - Historynet (Submitted on September 19, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on September 22, 2016.