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

South Pass City

Wyoming

 
 
South Pass City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
1. South Pass City Marker
Inscription.
Founded 1868
A Great Gold Camp
Part of Wyoming’s historical heritage. Acquired for preservation May 18, 1966, with funds raised by Wyoming;s 75th Anniversary Commission Inc., its advisers, county committees and people of Wyoming. Clifford P. Hansen - Governor
Alice Mesick - Chairman
Stephen Accola - Secretary
Kerm Kath - Treasurer
Edness Kimball Wilkins • Lewis Bath
James K. Harrower • Earl A. Madsen

 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Oregon Trail marker series.
 
Location. 42° 28.105′ N, 108° 48.056′ W. Marker is in South Pass City, Wyoming, in Fremont County. Marker is on South Pass Main Street near Price Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14 South Pass Main Street, Lander WY 82520, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Masonic Lodge in Wyoming (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Esther Hobart Morris (about 700 feet away); South Pass City: Wyoming’s Biggest Gold Boom and Bust (approx. half a mile away); The Carissa Mine: Cycle of Boom and Bust
South Pass City Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
2. South Pass City Marker
The Cave (l) and John & Lida Sherlock House (r) are in the background.
(approx. half a mile away); South Pass and South Pass City (approx. 1.8 miles away); Atlantic City: Surviving the Bust (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Atlantic City Project (approx. 4.5 miles away); Gold Flakes to Yellowcake Historic Mine Trail (approx. 4.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Pass City.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Oregon Trail Medallion image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
3. Oregon Trail Medallion
On posts located on either side of the South Pass City Monument.
South Pass City map image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
4. South Pass City map
South Pass City began during the 1868 gold rush. During it heyday, the town had more than 300 buildings and 2,000 residents. But, South Pass City’s bustling days ended when many of the gold claims started to play out and the anticipated high grade of ore simply was not found. By the mid-1870s only a few miners, merchants and families were left in the valley. Most of these residents looked to ranching, timber cutting, or hauling freight as a means of making a living.
As seen today, the town is nearly indistinguishable from its appearance of a century ago. In 1967, a non-profit group of Wyoming citizens acquired the town and donated it to the State of Wyoming for preservation and public benefit. The town’s structures were stabilized and restored to their original state, with nearly all of the buildings housing interpretive exhibits about commerce, mining, and a way of life from days long gone. Notably, the Smith-Sherlock Company Store is still an operating business and post office where patrons can by merchandise and visit with the staff. Caption: (top left) South Pass City, 1906.
Click on the image to enlarge the map.
Main Street from Tibbals Cabin image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
5. Main Street from Tibbals Cabin
Carissa Saloon image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
6. Carissa Saloon
South Pass City Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
7. South Pass City Main Street
W.C. Ervin Store (l), South Pass Hotel (c), Exchange Saloon (r).
South Pass City Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
8. South Pass City Main Street
South Pass School image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
9. South Pass School
South Pass School image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
10. South Pass School
E.A. Slack Cabine and Esther Morris Monument image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
11. E.A. Slack Cabine and Esther Morris Monument
South Pass City from South Pass School image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
12. South Pass City from South Pass School
(left edge to right) Sherlock Garage and Sherlock Barn (above), Libby Cabin (on hill), Ice House, W.C Ervin Store, South Pass Hotel, Exchange Saloon, John & Lida Sherlock House and Smith-Sherlock Co. Store (roofs only).
Miners Shack image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2014
13. Miners Shack
South Pass City, 1906 image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
14. South Pass City, 1906
Main Street in Winter, South Pass City, Wyoming image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
15. Main Street in Winter, South Pass City, Wyoming
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on January 7, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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