“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Sinclair in Carbon County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)

A Tourist's Railroad

Fred Steele to Saratoga to Fort Collins, Denver, Then Bust

A Tourist's Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
1. A Tourist's Railroad Marker
Captions: (top right) Rail Line from Fort Steele; (bottom right) Saratoga's first Hot Springs Resort Hotel.
Inscription. The old road bed & cut below are believed to be part of the rail road that was constructed in 1887 by the Union Pacific Railroad to connect Fort Steele to Denver, CO. It was to follow the North Platte to North Park, Colorado and down the Cache la Poudre River to Fort Collins through the great valley to Denver. Killpatrick Brothers and Collins Contractors made Fort Steele it's headquarters and some fifteen miles of roadbed was constructed when the project was abandoned because the federal government refused to renew the bonded indebtedness of the main line and its President, Mr. Adams was removed from office. In 1899 Fenimore Chatterton, who had been the Post Trader, tried to organize the Wyoming Southern Railway from Ft. Steele to Saratoga and Encampment following the same grade up the Platte but this too failed as his other financial backers from Boston, MA were more interested in selling stocks and making large profits than in making the project work.
In 1904 Mr. Chatterton was also involved in the proposed idea of a Denver, Yellowstone & Pacific Railroad from Denver to Seattle (proposed) by E.H. Power of London, England. This line would have came (sic) up the from Denver, & Ft. Collins over to Walden, CO and over to Saratoga, WY and down to Ft. Steele then gone through South Pass, WY, Jackson Hole into Idaho and followed the
A Tourist's Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 9, 2015
2. A Tourist's Railroad Marker
The marker is front right.
Salmon River through Washington to Seattle. The Interstate Trust Company of Boston was chosen as its bonding company but the deal fell through in 1905 when the Trust Company decided to back the Oregon Short Line instead.
In September 1905 the Saratoga and Encampment Railroad Company was organized by Mr. Chatterton and the railroad was built from Wolcott to Saratoga and Grand Encampment in order to enhance the value of the Hot Springs and serve the necessary transportation for Boston Smelter at Grand Encampment for the copper mines. The railroad to Saratoga is still used today by Union Pacific Railroad to haul freight from the lumber industry.
Fenimore Chatterton was also responsible for the forming of the Wyoming State Railroad with the backing of Governor Pardon of France. Governor Pardon had oil land holdings near Lander, WY and needed a way to get oil to market. Mr. Chatterton drew a line on the map from Lander to Casper and advised a railroad from Orin Junction to Lander. The Chicago & Northwestern Railroad realizing the great potential of connecting the other existing lines called Mr. Chatterton to Chicago in the late fall of 1904 and bought his right-of-way interests for this new railroad. The C&NW built the new line in 1905/1906.
Erected by Wyoming Recreation Commission.
Location. 41° 46.463′ N, 106° 56.822′ W. Marker is near Sinclair, 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. Fenimore Chatterton (here, next to this marker); Powder Magazine (here, next to this marker); Cemetery (here, next to this marker); Sheepherder's Community (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ranching (about 600 feet away); Sheep Industry (about 600 feet away); Sheep Ranching (about 600 feet away); Fort Fred Steele State Historic Site (about 700 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 between the Information Kiosk and the Powder Magazine. The markers are on County Road 347, north of the Interstate 80 Exit 228 and south of the railroad tracks.
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
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 260 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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