“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Point of Rocks in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

An Unsolved Mystery

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By Barry Swackhamer, May 22, 2014
1. An Unsolved Mystery Marker
Inscription.  In 1863, a short distance from here, seven passengers on the Overland Stage were murdered during a robbery. The victims were buried on this hill. James Thompson, a station guard, placed the blame for the crime on the infamous outlaw, Jack Slade.

Slade came west as Division Superintendent for Ben Halladay’s Overland Mail. In 1862, Slade relocated the North Platte and Sweetwater Rivers portion of the mail route to this point, supervising the construction of the stage stations including the Rock Point or Almond Station within sight of this cemetery. Slade’s life is recounted in numerous history books and two Hollywood films. He abandoned his job with the Overland Mail Company and turned outlaw. The hard-drinking Slade was lynched in Virginia City, Montana in 1864.

Humorist Mark Twain recounted his meeting with Slade in his classic book, Roughing It,
“He was so friendly an so gentle-spoken that I warmed to him in spite of his awful history. It was hardly possible to realize that this pleasant person was the pitiless scourge of the outlaws, the raw-head-and-bloody-bones the nursing mothers of the mountains terrified
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By Barry Swackhamer, May 22, 2014
2. An Unsolved Mystery Marker
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Slade’s involvement in the murders near here was never proven. The case remains unsolved. There were no surviving witnesses and the dead have not yielded their secrets.
Erected 2008 by Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesCommunicationsRailroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
Location. 41° 40.626′ N, 108° 47.634′ W. Marker is in Point of Rocks, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker can be reached from Overland Trail near Black Butte Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Point of Rocks WY 82942, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Point of Rocks (here, next to this marker); Point of Rocks Stage Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Overland Stage Route (approx. 0.6 miles away); Almond Overland Stage Station (approx. 0.6 miles away); Immigrants (approx. 10.7 miles away); Working in the Mines (approx. 10.7 miles away); Town Development (approx. 10.8 miles away); Opening the Mines (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Point of Rocks.
More about this marker. This maker is located next to the stage robbery victim's cemetery. The cemetery is located on a hill to the west of the Point of Rocks Stage Station.
Additional keywords. outlaws & renegades
Point of Rocks Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 22, 2014
3. Point of Rocks Cemetery
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 590 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 25, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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