Wagonhound Rest Area
With the westward expansion of the United States, the Wagonhound area took on great importance as a southern transportation corridor. During the 1850's, Captain Howard Stansbury lead an expedition near this area to document and survey potential routes for the future Union Pacific Railroad located approximately 30 miles north. In 1862, stagecoach operator Ben Holladay transferred his transcontinental operations from the established Oregon Trail route to a shorter and safer route known as the "Overland Trail." This trail crossed Rock Creek as Arlington to the east and passed Elk Mountain through Rattlesnake Pass on the mountain's north flank. In the opening years of the Twentieth Century, the Wagonhound Area saw increased use with the construction of the Lincoln Highway in 1913, the nation's first transcontinental automobile
In recent years the region has become a favorable location for the wind power generation business. Travelers along I-80 can see one of the largest wind farms in the west from miles away. Over one-hundred turbine windmills generate over 91.4 megawatts of electricity, enough power to supply 23,764 homes with electricity for an entire year.
Erected by Wyoming.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Overland Trail marker series.
Location. 41° 37.859′ N, 106° 17.146′ W. Marker is in Elk Mountain, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Interstate 80 and Elk Mountain Arlington Road. Touch for map. Marker is in the I-80 rest area. Marker is in this post office area: Elk Mountain WY 82324, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wyoming Winds (here, next to this marker); Wagonhound Tipi Rings (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Cherokee Trail (approx. one mile away); Old Rock Creek Stage Crossing
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 798 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.