Banner in Sheridan County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
The Fort Kearny Sawmills
Before you lies the frame of a LANE & BODLEY sawmill. This was one of two steam-driven sawmills brought west for Colonel Carrington’s command. The sawmills were used to cut lumber into boards for construction of buildings, furniture and other items. Logs were also edged for stockade construction or cut up for firewood.
The sawmills had an extensive history at the fort. One was initially located at the fort while the other was located at the Piney Island wood-cutting area in present-day story. (A third mill, horse powered, was broken and never set up.) Both mills were eventually set up near the fort where the steam whistle was used to sound Indian alarms. One mill was burned by Indians and although it was never rebuilt at this fort, its parts were transferred to Fort C. F. Smith for use there.
The two steam sawmills were 25 and 15 horsepower, the more powerful one built to run two saws. Although initially poorly managed and maintained, the sawmill eventually produced over 400,000 board feet of lumber for post construction. Close examination of the frame shows numerous repairs including cold chisel cuts, babbiting and wrought iron welds.
Location. 44° 31.965′ N, 106° 49.653′ W. Marker is in Banner, Wyoming, in Sheridan County. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is located at Fort Phil Kearny. Marker is in this post office area: Banner WY 82832, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A monument Honoring John “Portugee” Phillips (here, next to this marker); Site of a Sawmill (here, next to this marker); Lodge Trail Ridge (a few steps from this marker); Sullivant Ridge (a few steps from this marker); Pilot Hill (a few steps from this marker); Cemetery Site (a few steps from this marker); The Bozeman Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Protecting the Travelers or the Garrison? (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Banner.
More about this marker. The top right of the marker has a drawing of a Lane & Bodley sawmill. The bottom of the marker features an Artist conception of a Sawmill Structure.
Also see . . . Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 210 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 25, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.