Near Lander in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail
The Gold Flakes Region
Gold found at the Carissa lode in 1867 set off a rush, Wyoming's largest, to the South Pass region. The towns of Miners Delight and Atlantic City sprouted to support the miners. The gold quickly played out, and most people eventually moved on, leaving behind shells of the boom towns that once existed. In addition to gold, the highest open pit iron ore mine in the United States operated in the region from 1962 until 1984.
The Yellowcake Region
A stampede of prospectors followed the initial 1953 discovery of uranium in the Gas Hills by Neil M. McNeice (Lucky Mc). The boom that followed transformed the community Home on the Range, a gas station and post office, into thriving Jeffrey City. But with every boom comes a bust; the mining operations drastically dwindled and the streets of Jeffrey City emptied by 1988.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Natural Resources. A significant historical year for this entry is 2005.
Location. 42° 31.506′ N, 108° 45.542′ W. Marker is near Lander, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is on State Highway 28 1.1 miles north of Louis Lake Road, on the right when traveling south. 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 (here, next to this marker); Rock Creek (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 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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