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
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Native Americans • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Overland Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
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. Marker is in the I-80 rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elk Mountain WY 82324, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 890 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.