“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Newcastle in Weston County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

Cheyenne – Deadwood Trail

Beaver Creek Station – Hank Masons Grave

Cheyenne - Deadwood Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 21, 2006
1. Cheyenne - Deadwood Trail Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  The Cheyenne-Deadwood Trail, a heritage precious to state and nation, was used by gold seekers and Black Hills emigrants from 1876 to 1887. Crossing U. S. Highway 16 at this point, it followed Stockade Beaver Creek passing Beaver Creek Stage Station and winding on to Deadwood via Canyon Springs Stage Station near present Camp Mallo.

From the Beaver Creek Station, 13 miles north of here, searchers hunted for the treasure coach robbed at Canyon Springs in 1878. This robbery was the only successful raid on a Black Hills treasure coach.

Between Beaver Creek and Canyon Springs Station, in a deep canyon, lies the grave of an old buffalo hunter. The headstone reads: "Hank Mason killed by a bear 1893".
Location. 43° 48.804′ N, 104° 6.52′ W. Marker is near Newcastle, Wyoming, in Weston County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 16 and Beaver Creek Road, on the left when traveling east on U.S. 16. Touch for map. Marker is 3.7 miles east of U. S. Highway 85. Marker is in this post office area: Newcastle WY 82701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Cheyenne - Deadwood Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 21, 2006
2. Cheyenne - Deadwood Trail Marker
The Cheyenne-Deadwood Trail is beyond this marker.
8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Jenney (approx. mile away); The Jenney Stockade (approx. mile away); Site of Field City (approx. one mile away); Accidental Oil Well (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Trains Power Newcastle (approx. 5.6 miles away); Cambria Powers the Trains (approx. 5.6 miles away); Hanging of Diamond L. Slim Clifton (approx. 5.6 miles away); Cambria (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newcastle.
Also see . . .
1. Cheyenne - Deadwood Stage Route. Beginning in 1876, stagecoaches following the 300-mile Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage Road carried passengers from Cheyenne to the gold fields in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The rich cargo on the coaches became regular targets for thieves and highwaymen. In defense, custom-made stagecoaches were lined with lead and their treasure boxes were bolted to the floor. Men were paid to sit alongside the driver with a shotgun for protection (hence the term “ride shotgun”). (Submitted on December 19, 2007.) 

2. Hank Mason Loses Life to a Bear. "An awful fight had taken place there. Man and bear blood was on the rocks, logs and snow. Now, the bear evidently thinking that Mason was dead left him and went to a spring and got a drink. Mason could not walk so began to crawl down the canyon towards home. The bear came back and trailed Mason about one hundred yards..." (Submitted on December 19, 2007.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 3,758 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 19, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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