“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Newcastle in Weston County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)


Cambria Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
1. Cambria Marker
Inscription. Located 7 miles north of Newcastle was the coal mining town of Cambria. In 1887, Frank Mondell, a future Congressman, found enough coal in the area to fuel the construction of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad across northeastern Wyoming.
In light of the abundance of coal, the Cambria Mining Company, later called The Cambria Fuel Company, was organized in 1891 and acquired 17,000 acres of land. By the turn of the century the company was mining 1500 to 1800 tons of coal daily.
To house its employees, the company created the town of Cambria. From 1900 and 1920 between 1000 and 1500 people of various nationalities lived here. The community supported many business and civic organizations, including three churches, an opera house, a school, a hotel, a sawmill, and a concert band.
Cambria was dependent upon the availability of coal. In the winter of 1927, no new coal seams were available. All work came to a stop at noon on March 15, 1928, and soon afterward, people began to leave Cambria. Within a couple of years the town site was abandoned, and the equipment and buildings were moved elsewhere.
Erected by Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office.
Location. 43° 55.02′ N, 104° 10.902′ 
Cambria Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
2. Cambria Marker
W. Marker is near Newcastle, Wyoming, in Weston County. Marker is on CanAm HIghway (U.S. 85) near Pine Top Drive, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 23449 CanAm Highway, Newcastle WY 82701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Salt Creek Overlook (approx. 0.4 miles away); Flying V Cambria Inn (approx. 2.7 miles away); Cambria Salt Mine (approx. 4.3 miles away); Hanging of Diamond L. Slim Clifton (approx. 4.5 miles away); The Trains Power Newcastle (approx. 4.5 miles away); Cambria Powers the Trains (approx. 4.5 miles away); Accidental Oil Well (approx. 6.9 miles away); Site of Field City (approx. 7.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newcastle.
More about this marker. This markers is about 4 miles north of Newcastle.
Also see . . .  Cambria, Wyoming -Wikipedia. ...demand for coal skyrocketed as railroads began westward expansion. The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad stopped its westward expansion in Alliance, Nebraska, due to high eastern coal costs. Kilpatrick Brothers & Collins (KB&C) sent prospectors into the Black Hills to search for coal in the hopes of securing a railroad contract with the railroad. In 1887, high-grade anthracite deposits were
Cambria, circa 1908 image. Click for full size.
By Contemporary Postcard, circa 1908
3. Cambria, circa 1908
discovered by Frank Mondell inside Coal Creek Canyon. (Submitted on September 25, 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 110 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on October 3, 2016.
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