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Near Sinclair in Carbon County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Major Thomas Tipton Thornburgh

 
 
Major Thomas Tipton Thornburgh Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
1. Major Thomas Tipton Thornburgh Marker
Caption: Photo Source: Copied from The Ute War
Inscription. Major Thomas Tipton Thornburgh, 4th Infantry... left Fort Fred Steele on September 21, 1879 with his regiment's Company E, plus Company E, 3rd Cavalry and Companies D and F, 5th Cavalry, in response to a complaint by U.S. Indian Agent N.C. Meeker that he and his family were being threatened by unfriendly Ute Indians. One week later, as the troops approached the White River Agency from the north through Bad Canyon, they were attacked by the warriors. Thornburgh and 12 of his men were killed and 42 soldiers and civilians were wounded.

"Agent Meeker writes me he expects serious trouble from the Utes and sends a dispatch to the Department that employees have been shot at and thinks his life would not have been spared had it not been for assistance of employees." - Telegram, sent September 14th, 1879, to General Williams, Omaha Barracks, Nebraska, from Major Thornburgh.

 
Erected by Wyoming Recreation Commission.
 
Location. 41° 46.669′ N, 106° 56.767′ W. Marker is near Sinclair, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker is on County Route 374 near Interstate 80, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sinclair WY 82334, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Major Thomas Tipton Thornburgh Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
2. Major Thomas Tipton Thornburgh Marker
This marker is second from the left.
are within walking distance of this marker. Rock Springs Massacre (here, next to this marker); Thornburgh's Command (here, next to this marker); Image of Fort Fred Steele (here, next to this marker); Major General Frederick Steele (here, next to this marker); Major General Philippe Regis de Trobriand (here, next to this marker); Viewing the Fort Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Fred Steele after 1886 (within shouting distance of this marker); Enlisted Men's Barracks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sinclair.
 
More about this marker. This marker, among a grouping of a half-dozen other markers, is located at Fort Fred Steele State Park on County Road 347, north of the Interstate 80 Exit 228 and on the north side of the railroad tracks near where County Road 347 passes beneath the railroad bridge.
 
Categories. Wars, US Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 204 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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