Near Daniel in Sublette County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Dubbed “Fort Nonsense” and “Bonneville’s Folly” because of its poor location, the fort was soon abandoned as the severity of long Wyoming winters became apparent. However, the fort commanded a strategic location in the heart of the Rocky Mountain Trapping System. In 1833 it was the center of trading activity for the annual rendezvous and for storage of the 1836 Rendezvous.
The fort was fabricated of cottonwood pickets a foot or more in diameter and about fifteen feet in length. The perimeter was approximately eighty feet square, with blockhouses diagonally opposite each other. It had at least one internal structure which housed a forge that was used extensively during the fort’s occupation.
In 1989, an archeological survey was conducted at the site as one of Wyoming’s Centennial
Completed in September 1832, Fort Bonneville was one of the first permanent structures built by whites in Wyoming. The location and the archeological remains are a listed National Historic Place. (Marker Number 39.)
Location. 42° 53.581′ N, 110° 8.187′ W. Marker is near Daniel, Wyoming, in Sublette County. Marker is on State Highway 354, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 344 Wyoming Highway 354, Daniel WY 83115, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (approx. 3.8 miles away); Green River Rendezvous (approx. 3.8 miles away); Pinckey W. Sublette (approx. 5 miles First Holy Mass in Wyoming (approx. 5 miles away); The Prairie of the Mass (approx. 5.3 miles away); Rendezvous - Birth of an Empire (approx. 7.9 miles away); Welcome to the Riparian Community of Duck Creek (approx. 9.8 miles away).
Also see . . . The Fort Bonneville Myth - O. Ned Eddins. Washington Irving, The Adventures of Captain Bonneville, described Bonneville’s Green River camp:
…As it would be necessary to remain some time in this neighborhood, that both men and horses might repose, and recruit their strength; and as it was a region full of danger, Captain Bonneville fortified his camp with breastworks of logs and pickets... (Submitted on January 29, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 29, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.