Cheyenne, Ft. Laramie, Deadwood Trail, 1867-1887, started from Camp Carlin and Ft. D.A. Russell on the west edge of Cheyenne.
This road first ran to Ft. Laramie and in 1876 was extended to Deadwood, Dakota Territory, and the Black Hills gold . . . — Map (db m92134) HM
During the 1850s and 1860s, wagon freighters fed and watered mules and oxen, exchanged tired stagecoach horses for fresh ones, and conducted other tasks at the historic Horseshoe Creek Station near here. A nearly endless stream of emigrants from the . . . — Map (db m92129) HM
This massive sandstone and log latrine was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. The structure is 21 feet wide and 42 feet long although it looks larger because of the masses of rock at the corners.
The workmen jokingly named . . . — Map (db m98401) HM
This overlook sits high above the reservoir providing the visitor a panoramic view of the park. It was named for George E. Brimmer, attorney, philanthropist and staunch supporter of Wyoming’s State Parks. Construction of this structure must have . . . — Map (db m98411) HM
Vertical on the stake
XP / Centre Star / Station Site/ Pony Express / Trail 1860 - 1861
Small plaque mounted on the stake
AKA Ward’s Station
Nine Mile House - Sand Point - Adolph’s
Sponsored by: Jim . . . — Map (db m79803) HM
During the Depression years, under the New Deal program, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Emergency Conservation Work program (later known as the Civilian Conservation Corps or CCC) to employ people in large public works projects. In . . . — Map (db m98413) HM
By wagon, encampments in the Guernsey area, are a day's trek from Fort Laramie. Emigrants had three choices of camp sites in the Guernsey area: Register Cliff, Warm Springs or Cold Springs, the farthest encampment.
Lieutenant John C. Fremont's . . . — Map (db m85773) HM
Called Bitter Cottonwood Creek because of the groves of cottonwood trees growing there, this location was a welcome relief for emigrant pioneers as they traveled along the relatively treeless road to the west in the 1840s, 50s, & 60s. Many pioneer . . . — Map (db m98377) HM
This sighting device points to the crest of a ridge separating the North Platte and Laramie Rivers. Directly down the opposite slope, on the banks of the Laramie about a mile above the confluence of the streams, stands Fort Laramie. It is about . . . — Map (db m86933) HM
Two plaque, under the same name, described military forts and stations on the Wyoming's Platte River section of the Oregon Trail.
There were four forts, numerous stations, and camps along the Oregon-California-Mormon . . . — Map (db m85769) HM
The sight centers on the headquarters buildings of the Guernsey-Frederick Ranch. That these building stand almost in the shadow of Register Cliff is symbolic of the valley’s heritage. Here, history emphasizes the Oregon Trail; such other epochs as . . . — Map (db m86944) HM
This sight points to the Guernsey Pipeline Station, jointly owned by the Platte Pipeline Company, the American Oil Company and the Continental Oil Company. Most of the structures under view were built in 1952 although, owing to the river’s . . . — Map (db m86954) HM
The Guernsey State Park Museum is the most impressive log and stone building in the park. The massive structure is the result of Civilian Conservation Corps* construction. Most of the material for the museum was crafted by hand. The roof is framed . . . — Map (db m98399) HM
“Instead of going around the mountains, we went through them…” (Guernsey Gazette, December 3, 1915)
Tunnel No. 2 on the Guernsey-Wendover Cutoff was located directly beneath this highway bridge. Over 1,900 feet long, it was the . . . — Map (db m98422) HM
In memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in defense of their country in World War II
Simeon Albert • Edgar A . Beal • Arthur L. Birieffi • Joseph N. Bowman • Frank L. Covington • Marvin Holcomb • Leland L. Lane • Charles M. Mathews . . . — Map (db m79806) WM
Platted and established by the Lincoln Land Company of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, Guernsey garners its name from Charles A. Guernsey, noted legislator, rancher, and investor in early Wyoming.
The historic Guernsey area . . . — Map (db m79807) HM
The sight points to Laramie Peak, altitude 10,247 feet, the highest elevation in the Laramie Range. These mountains were originally called the Black Hills, a name derived from the dark appearance of their evergreen forests as noted from far to the . . . — Map (db m86943) HM
The historic Oregon Trail descends from the benchlands across the valley to the river bottom below. Brigham Young’s 1847 Company of Mormon Pioneers crossed the south side of the North Platte River near Fort Laramie to follow the Oregon Trail past . . . — Map (db m79834) HM
Spotted through the right-hand sight is Mexican Hill. At Mexican Hill the covered wagon emigrants, having turned into the fort on the Laramie River for information, supplies or repairs, cut over the intervening ridge to regain the Platte River . . . — Map (db m86931) HM
North Platte River: Gateway Corridor
Currents of History Travel Alongside the North Platte River
Routes along the river originally used by Native Americans were later adopted by fur traders. Beginning as a trickle, waves . . . — Map (db m79839) HM
In 1739 the brothers Pierre and Paul Mallet, earliest explorers along this river’s lower course, named it after the French word for flat. Although the sighting tube aims at a wide, strong-flowing current, the North Platte is not navigable. It is . . . — Map (db m86937) HM
Wagon wheels cut solid rock, carving a memorial to Empire Builders. what manner of men and beasts impelled conveyances weighting on those griding wheels? Look! A line of shadows crossing boundless wilderness.
Foremost, nimble mules drawing . . . — Map (db m5748) HM
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States. U.S. Department . . . — Map (db m86924) HM
Three panels are found at the Park Kiosk near the parking lot.
The Trail West
During the mid-1800s, more than 500,000 pioneers journeyed west. Never more than a rocky, rutted trail, the road west began in Missouri, crossing . . . — Map (db m85924) HM
The wayfarer's penchant for inscribing names and dates on prominent landmarks excites the interest of his descendants. Regrettably, marks of historic value are often effaced by later opportunists.
Along the Oregon Trail, famed transcontinental . . . — Map (db m5749) HM
Three panels are located at the Register Cliff State Historic Site kiosk.
Register Cliff State Historic Site
West of Register Cliff the landscape changes, presenting new challenges for the emigrants. Limited water and rugged . . . — Map (db m79836) HM
Register Cliff stands in plain view after it is singled out by the sighting device. This natural landmark, enrolled in the National Register of Historic Places, is a developed area with parking and rest facilities, foot trails and informative . . . — Map (db m86939) HM
Rock quarries, visible from several points near this location, were used beginning in 1849 to supply stone and lime for construction projects at Fort Laramie, about 15 miles east. Workers in the quarries were protected by soldiers stationed in . . . — Map (db m85753) HM
A monument marking Sand Point appears as a white dot in the center of the sight. Sand deposits caused by currents at a bend in the river evidently gave the site its name. The surrounding meadows have been favorite campsites since prehistoric time. . . . — Map (db m86941) HM
Pointed out by the sight, Burlington-Northern tracks are in close view. That railroad’s forerunner, the Burlington and Missouri, laid rails up the North Platte Valley in 1900. With a view to eventually reaching the Pacific, the company surveyed . . . — Map (db m86948) HM
The Castle is the largest and most complex picnic shelter in Guernsey State Park. Although the shelter looks like a stronghold, it is easily accessible.
The log and stone structure was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the . . . — Map (db m98400) HM
“The most expensive nine miles of the Burlington system” (Guernsey Gazette, December 3, 1915)
Before Guernsey Reservoir was constructed in 1927, and before Lake Guernsey State Park was developed for recreation in the 1930s, a . . . — Map (db m98423) HM
The U.S. Army's Role in Protecting the Oregon Trail in Wyoming 1842 to 1870
Lieutenant John C. Fremont led an expedition west in 1842 to map a route to Oregon Territory. The scout, Kit Carson, guided the expedition. Lieutenant . . . — Map (db m85771) HM
Three plaques, under the same title, describe how the U.S. Army protected immigrants on the Oregon Trail.
“If it is in contemplation to keep open communications with Oregon Territory, a show of military force in this . . . — Map (db m85766) HM
The Town of Hartville was named for Col. Verling Hart stationed at old Ft. Laramie in the late 1870's when Wyoming was still a territory. The town site of 200 acres was purchased from the Federal Government for $250.00. President Theodore Roosevelt . . . — Map (db m98375) HM
In Honor of
Jacques La Ramie
who came to this region around 1815
and met an unknown fate,
probably at the hands of Indians,
about 1820, on one of
the rivers bearing his name
between which this . . . — Map (db m92131) HM
As you journey through Wyoming, you are one of the countless travelers who has looked out to the west and seen the granite rising of Laramie Peak. Near Scottsbluff, Nebraska, approximately 80 miles east of Dwyer Junction, emigrants witnessed their . . . — Map (db m98380) HM
Welcome to Platte County Wyoming. Laramie Peak frames the western backdrop of a landscape that includes the Oregon Trail and Register Cliff where thousands of Pioneers left their mark. Today these open spaces are sustained by agricultural . . . — Map (db m89158) HM
The Laramie Mountains provide a striking contrast for those traveling through the primarily flat to rolling prairies of southeastern Wyoming. Mountains are important to wildlife in Wyoming. As you go up in elevation, the average annual . . . — Map (db m89160) HM