Near Sinclair in Carbon County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
A Tourist's Railroad
Fred Steele to Saratoga to Fort Collins, Denver, Then Bust
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
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.
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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 219 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.