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Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Rock Creek

 
 
Rock Creek Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jeffrey Running
1. Rock Creek Marker
Inscription.  In 1842, gold was first found in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming by a fur trapper, Georgia Tom Mckeever of the American Fur Company. Mckeever passed before he could get his gold to an assayer, leaving location unknown. Given the hostile territory & unforgiving weather, many travelers along the California, Oregon & Mormon Trails met untimely fates such as the 15 members of the James Willie Handcart Co in October of 1856, suffering from exhaustion. It is rumored that the gold was also discovered on Rock Creek, Sweetwater River & Strawberry Creek during 1840's, all of which are in the vicinity of what was to be known as the Atlantic City-South Pass Mining District. During 1933-1941 the E.T. Fisher Company pulled 11,500 oz. of Gold from a dredge which ran on Rock Creek.
 
Erected 2017 by South Pass Outpost #1867 and Al Packer #100 of E Clampus Vitus®.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location.
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42° 31.498′ N, 108° 45.603′ W. Marker is in Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is on Dickinson Avenue near Skyline Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lander WY 82520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Atlantic City Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Stambaugh, 1870-1878 (approx. 1.9 miles away); Miners Delight: The Boom’s Broken Promises (approx. 2.1 miles away); Atlantic City: Surviving the Bust (approx. 2½ miles away); South Pass and South Pass City (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust (approx. 4 miles away); South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lander.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2020, by Jeffrey Running of Lander, Wyoming. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 17, 2020, by Jeffrey Running of Lander, Wyoming. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
 
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Mar. 6, 2021