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Near South Pass City in Fremont County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust

 
 
South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
1. South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust Marker
Caption: 1870 W.H. Jackson photograph of South Pass City.
Inscription. Emigrant travelers on their way west likely discovered small amounts of gold in the 1840’s, but it took until 1868 for the first mining claims to be staked. Word of the new gold rush spread and the summer of 1868 brought an influx of people from every corner of the globe to partake in the bonanza. A torrent of mining activity followed for the next several years. In 1869 South Pass City, with perhaps 3,000 people, was Wyoming Territory’s second largest town.

Every boom ends, and by the early 1870’s, the local mining district collectively known as the Sweetwater mines, had passed their zenith. A small handful of hardy hangers-on remained in South Pass City through the years. Later booms, fueled by outside investment capital, kept the embers of civilized living and a connection with the larger world aglow. Today, South Pass City is among Wyoming’s smallest continuously inhabited towns and is also home to its largest State Historic Site.
 
Erected by Historical Landmark Commission of Wyoming.
 
Location. 42° 28.479′ N, 108° 47.826′ W. Marker is near South Pass City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is on South Pass City Road near South Pass Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker
South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
2. South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust Marker
The South Pass City marker is the one in the center.
is at or near this postal address: 148 South Pass City Road, Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust (a few steps from this marker); Esther Hobart Morris (approx. 0.4 miles away); South Pass City (approx. half a mile away); First Masonic Lodge in Wyoming (approx. half a mile away); South Pass and South Pass City (approx. 1.4 miles away); Atlantic City: Surviving the Bust (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Atlantic City Project (approx. 4 miles away); Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Pass City.
 
Regarding South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust. South Pass City is on the Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
The Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
3. The Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail plaque
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South Pass City image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
4. South Pass City
South Pass City image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
5. South Pass City
<i>GENERAL VIEW FROM EAST,…</i> image. Click for full size.
By Jack Boucher
6. GENERAL VIEW FROM EAST,…
Photo courtesy of the Historic American Buildings Survyey. Full title is: GENERAL VIEW FROM EAST, IDENTICAL VIEW AS THAT OF WILLIAM H. JACKSON'S 19TH CENTURY PHOTOGRAPH - South Pass City, General View, South Pass City, Fremont County, WY
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 271 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 6, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   6. submitted on January 10, 2015. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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