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Cora in Sublette County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

First Tie Drive on Green River

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 25, 2014
1. First Tie Drive on Green River Marker
Inscription. Because timber was scarce in neighboring states along the first transcontinental railroad line, the tie business flourished here and in other Wyoming mountain locations. Ties were cut in winter, stored on the river bank until spring, and floated downstream during high water.

Charles DeLoney was a youthful Michigan Civil War veteran who came to Wyoming after the war. An experienced timberman, he contracted with the Union Pacific Railroad in 1867 to supply ties. A crew of 30 men hauled equipment and supplies upriver and constructed a combined office-bunkhouse-cookshack-commissary building between this marker and the river. Cabins were built high in the timber, forcing the men to snowshoe for meals. DeLoney’s was the first tie drive down the river, a trip of 130 miles. Ties were skidded down nearby hills and held by a boom across the river until the drive. Another boom at Green River City caught ties near the railhead. The operation continued successfully for two years, and newspaper advertisements as late as fall, 1868 solicited tie hacks to work at the head of the Green River.

Charles DeLoney was a versatile person. He was a rancher, a pioneer merchant in Jackson and helped found the town of Evanston. He was the state’s first forest supervisor and served in Wyoming territorial and state legislatures.
 
Location.
First Tie Drive on Green River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 25, 2014
2. First Tie Drive on Green River Marker
43° 13.615′ N, 110° 0.781′ W. Marker is in Cora, Wyoming, in Sublette County. Marker is on Green River Lakes Road (County Route 650) near Rock Creek Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cora WY 82925, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gros Ventre Lodge (approx. 5.2 miles away); Astorian Camp (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located about 20 miles north of Cora just beyond were the pavement ends.
 
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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 251 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 29, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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