Near Point of Rocks in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Point of Rocks Stage Station
The larger ‘home stations’, like Point of Rocks, were located about 50 miles apart and provided meals, lodging, wagon parts, and repairs. Between home stations were smaller ‘swing stations’ that simply provided a stop to exchange for fresh horses. From 1862 - 1868, Point of Rocks served as both a home and swing station.
When the Transcontinental Railroad reached Point of Rocks in 1868, it became an important junction where the railroad, the Overland Trail, and a north-south stage line intersected. Supplies and passengers were transferred from rail to stagecoach for the 100-mile trip north to the gold mines near South Pass.
Over time, the sod-roofed station at Point of Rocks also served as a store, schoolhouse, ranch headquarters and home before it was transferred to the State of Wyoming in 1947. The station was restored in 1974.
Erected by Wyoming State Parks & Cultural Resources.
Marker series. This marker Overland Trail, and the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Location. 41° 40.593′ N, 108° 47.46′ W. Marker is near Point of Rocks, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker is at the intersection of Black Butte Road and Oregon Trail on Black Butte Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Point of Rocks WY 82942, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. An Unsolved Mystery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Point of Rocks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Overland Stage Route (approx. 0.4 miles away); Almond Overland Stage Station (approx. half a mile away); Immigrants (approx. 10.9 miles away); Working in the Mines (approx. 10.9 miles away); Town Development (approx. 10.9 miles away); Opening the Mines (approx. 10.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Point of Rocks.
Regarding Point of Rocks Stage Station. The Point of Rocks Stage Station is on the National Register of Historic Places as Wyoming Place No. 35.
Also see . . . Point of Rocks Stage Station. In 1862, the Overland Stage line built Point of Rocks Stage Station (also known as “Rock Point” or the “Almond Stage Station”). Today, this structure built from native sandstone (Submitted on September 1, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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