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

Sheep Ranching

The Sheep Wagon

 
 
Sheep Ranching Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
1. Sheep Ranching Marker
Captions: (bottom left) Cut-A-Way Drawing of A Sheepwagon; (bottom right) Coggriff Brothers Sheepwagons near Fort Steele, WY.
Inscription. The first authentic sheep wagon was built by James Candlish in Rawlins in 1884 from an idea given him by George Ferris. Caddish, a Canadian blacksmith, followed the Union Pacific construction to Fort Fred Steele and lived there until the troops moved out when he moved to Rawlins and opened his own blacksmith shop.
Modern day sheep herders still use newer versions of his sheep wagons throughout this region of Wyoming.
The sheep herders were often referred to as the "Nomads of the Plains" as they moved and followed the large herds of sheep from one spot to another so that the sheep could graze on the vast open ranges. They would let the sheep graze on lush mountain meadows during the summer months and then move back down to the milder valley climates for the harsh winter months.
The sheep wagon provided a warm and dry shelter, a place to cook & store grub and a place to sleep & rest for the isolated & lonely herders. Locally it is though that the sheep wagon of yesterday played a large roll in developing the use of the modern day travel trailer, mobile homes, and motor homes in America.
 
Erected by Wyoming Recreation Commission.
 
Location. 41° 46.568′ N, 106° 56.797′ W. Marker is near Sinclair
Sheep Ranching Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
2. Sheep Ranching Marker
This marker is on the right.
, Wyoming, in Carbon County. Marker is on County Route 347 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 are within walking distance of this marker. Sheep Industry (here, next to this marker); Ranching (a few steps from this marker); Sheepherder's Community (a few steps from this marker); Bridge Tender's House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Railroad and River (about 400 feet away); Brownsville and Benton (about 400 feet away); Carbon Timber Company (about 400 feet away); A Well Traveled Sawmill (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sinclair.
 
More about this marker. This marker, among a grouping of a four markers, is located at Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site. The markers are on County Road 347, north of the Interstate 80 Exit 228 and just south of the railroad tracks.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Sheep Camp image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
3. Sheep Camp
Sheepherders image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
4. Sheepherders
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 26, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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