Kaycee in Johnson County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Powder River Country
Twelve thousand years ago. the rich grassland and abundant wildlife attracted Native American hunters into the area. As the United States expanded, commerce and conflict occurred. The Portugese Houses, east of Kaycee, were part of the fur trade industry during the early nineteenth century. The establishment of the Bozeman Trail in 1863 brought on warfare between some of the tribes and the United States Army ending with the expulsion of the Native Americans from the area in 1877. Historic sites like Fort Reno and Crazy Woman Battlefield reflect this struggle. During the last two decades of the nineteenth century, disputes between open range ranchers and homesteaders resulted in many confrontations, ending with the 1892 Johnson County War fights at KC and TA ranches.
Today, ranching exists alongside minerals and recreation industries. The land's wealth however, is not infinite. Only through careful stewardship can the land be cared for and maintained. Wildlife viewing, hunting and fishing, tours of museums and historic sites, traveling historic roads, and camping and hiking allow all to appreciated Powder River Country.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Mayoworth Road, Kaycee WY 82639, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ranching on the Powder River (a few steps from this marker); The Dull Knife Battle (a few steps from this marker); Chris Lee LeDoux (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nate Champion and Nick Rae (approx. 0.8 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Kaycee Rest Area west of Interstate 25 exit 254.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 166 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.