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Casper in Natrona County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Goose Egg Ranch

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
1. Goose Egg Ranch Marker
Inscription.  The Goose Egg Ranch first received some notoriety when Owen Wister featured it in his book, The Virginian. In the novel, this is where the cowboys exchanged the babies’ blankets, and after the dance, the mothers carried home the wrong children. The ranch and house site were located 10 miles south of Casper on the north bank of the North Platte River, at Bessemer Bend.
The Searight Brothers built the house in 1883 and lived there until 1886. The lumber, hardware, and materials used in the construction of the building was hauled by freight teams from Cheyenne, a distance of more than 225 miles. They then sold the ranch to J.M. Carey, a future Governor of Wyoming.
The beautiful stone home slowly deteriorated, and despite efforts by local historians to save the ranch house, the building was demolished in July, 1951.
 
Erected by Natrona County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicIndustry & Commerce.
 
Location. 42° 50.17′ 
Markers on the Wyoming History Walk in Centennial Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 17, 2015
2. Markers on the Wyoming History Walk in Centennial Park
N, 106° 22.328′ W. Marker is in Casper, Wyoming, in Natrona County. Marker is on Fort Caspar Road 0.1 miles west of Wyoming Route 258, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 Fort Caspar Road, Casper WY 82604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ellen L. Watson (“Cattle Kate”) (here, next to this marker); Ranching in Wyoming (here, next to this marker); Bridger and Bozeman Trails (here, next to this marker); Railroads (here, next to this marker); Pony Express (a few steps from this marker); Salt Creek Oil Field (a few steps from this marker); Richard Bridge and Military Complex (a few steps from this marker); Casper - Natrona County - State Founding (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Casper.
 
More about this marker. This marker is part of the Wyoming history walk in Centennial Park, which is adjacent to the Fort Caspar Museum and shares the parking lot.
 
<i>The Goose Egg Ranch, 12 Miles West of Casper, Wyo.</i> image. Click for full size.
1936
3. The Goose Egg Ranch, 12 Miles West of Casper, Wyo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 25, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 15 times this year. Last updated on January 12, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 25, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   3. submitted on December 27, 2015.
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